NUJS Course on International Human Rights: A Comparative Analysis

International Human Rights: A Comparative Analysis

Overview This course is a study of comparative human rights primarily between India and other regions of the world. We will focus on how human rights norms, despite supposedly being universal, are often interpreted and applied differently based on historical and other contexts. We will analyze the jurisprudence coming from India and look at in relation to the United States Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights (and Africa to a lesser extent). We will also explore larger related questions as to how this interpretation and application reflect cultural and historical issues common to each region. The format of the classes will be very participatory, relying on dialogue with students and other participants to enter into a rich comparative analysis of these questions.

Objectives: 1. To develop participants´ knowledge of how rights are formed at international, regional and national levels. 2. To be able to critically analyze rights frameworks and their domestic implementation. 3. To understand human rights at regional and country levels through an in-depth study of jurisprudence and procedural laws in relation to India. 4. To understand how and why the implementation of international human rights norms differs between India and other countries and regions by considering historical and other differences. 5. To understand some of the cultural and historical differences between India,Europe and other regions through a study of case law and newspaper/media articles, and link this back to legal and other jurisprudential questions.


1. There will be lectures from the 7th – 14th December 2017 (15 hours of class + 6 hours of tutorials) on the following themes:-

2. Introduction to human rights norms and the primary protection mechanisms at international levels Defamation

3. Human rights development, interpretation and application

4. Quantitative interpretation of human rights

5. International human rights mechanisms

6. Indian human rights protection mechanisms

7. European Court of Human Rights

8. African Court of Human and People´s Rights

9. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

10. U.S: Supreme Court

11. Freedom of Expression

12. Freedom of Religion

13. Sexual Orientation (LGBTA Rights)

14. Women´s Rights

Who can attend

  •  Under-graduate and post-graduate students, researchers and teachers of international law and criminal law;
  •  Legal practitioners and judges; 
  • Lawyers, advocates, judges, NGO workers and other involved in the protection of human rights.


  •  Students from WBNUJS: Free of cost 
  • Indian students from other institutions: INR 1000 (40 seats on first come first basis)
  •  Academics, researchers, social activists, legal practitioners and others: INR 1500
  • The abovementioned fees will include all instructional materials, computer use for tutorials and free internet facility throughout the duration of the course


In case payment is made through Demand Draft, the Draft should be made in the name of MHRD(GIAN)WBNUJS, payable at Kolkata and sent (along with this filled-in form) by speed post/courier to Dr. Kavita Singh, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, 12, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700098.

In case payment is made through NEFT/RTGS, please find the relevant account details for the same as follows:


Account Number: 066300101010161

IFSC Code-CORP0000663

Bank name-Corporation Bank Branch name-NUJS Branch.

Last date of receipt of payment is November 30, 2017.

Declaration: I have made the above mentioned payment as registration charges and declare that the information provided above is true.


[N.B. A scanned copy of this filled-up form should be sent to regardless of whether a hard copy is being sent to aforementioned address or not; for any further clarification, the course coordinator can be got in touch with at aforementioned email address or at +91-9433610382]

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