Cross-cultural and Global Studies, Humanities, Legal Studies, Public Service Leadership
Open to Non-UHCL Applicants:
Justice & Human Rights
The protection of human rights continues to be one of the most challenging and debated topics of our time. Enhance your knowledge of how international law, justice, and human rights intersect through meetings with both experts and those directly affected by human rights violations. Investigate the underlying political and legal issues animating interstate conflict, transnational crime, and the rights of refugees across Europe.
Global North states have all undertaken to provide asylum and related human rights protections to people forcibly displaced from their homes in the Global South, however these legal obligations are normally only triggered when people seeking asylum reach the borders of these states. Global North states have no legal obligation to provide safe transit for those seeking asylum, and they are legally entitled to extend and externalize their border control regimes, often into maritime geographies, in order to deter and prevent as many non-citizens as possible from entering their territory. This course will interrogate this legal ‘protection gap’ and the state policies of ‘non-entrée’ that it enables, as they not only call into question the post-war concept of the refugee and the continuing relevance, efficacy, and universality of ‘the right to be recognized as a refugee’ but they increasingly imperil the lives of those seeking security and refuge in the Global North.
This course is an examination of the laws of armed conflict and human rights laws and how they apply to contemporary cases. The course finds inspiration in current events, and enables you to analyze issues such as the war against ISIS, the use of drones, and cyberattacks in a legal context. Gain a thorough understanding of the legal aspects that regulate modern conflicts and understand how they interact with the political environment.
Core Course Study Tours
This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:
Fleeing Across Borders: International Refugee Law
Week-Long Study Tour: Greece
Core Course Week: Southern Sweden
Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict
Week-Long Study Tour: Geneva or Bosnia or Kosovo
Core Course Week: Denmark
Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access to.
Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Copenhagen. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!
Electives range across disciplines and include research, workshops, studios, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.
Justice & Human Rights students are invited to apply for the Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship. This merit-based award honors a beloved former DIS faculty member, Jacob Buksti, who passed away in 2016. Jacob built a strong legacy in modern Danish politics and made a deep impact on the hundreds of DIS students he taught from 2003 to 2016.