LAWS 2297 ‑ International Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Practicum


This course provides students with the opportunity to study sexual and reproductive health and human rights law through real-world international advocacy in partnership with a field-based non-governmental organization active in the U.N. system. During the first six-weeks of the course, students attend weekly two-hour seminars that explore the global sexual and reproductive health and human rights field, introduce U.N. human rights instruments and governance structures, and involve skills-based drafting, negotiation and advocacy exercises. Thereafter students undertake independent legal research and analysis projects in support of a current advocacy initiative of the partner organization to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.N. system. Projects may include, for example, analytical reviews of U.N. resolution texts, policy or strategy briefs, mapping and trend analyses of state voting or sponsorship, and information communiqués.

ENROLMENT: limited to 6 students. Students are required to submit a C.V., a law school transcript and a writing sample to the faculty instructor for application to the course.

Prerequisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Assessment Method: Substantial written assignment/project - 25-30pg (75%), satisfaction of work log, works-in-progress, and meeting requirements (15%), and seminar attendance and participation (10%).
Restrictions: Students are not permitted to audit this course.

*This course is unavailable to International Linkages students.