Columbia-UNSW Law Human Rights in Practice intensive summer course in NYC

UNSW Law just successfully conducted an intensive summer course Human Rights in Practice (Laws3146/8146/Jurd7146) taught at Columbia University, NY, led by Justine Nolan, in conjunction with the Columbia Human Rights Institute and a number of human rights practitioners. The course is designed to give students a ‘hands-on’ approach to human rights issue in practice and field visits included a trip to the UN and a visit to the Museum of the City of NY and its activist exhibition. During their time in NY, the students discussed the history of racial equality laws in the US, examined the recent Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, debated US policies on surveillance and counter-terrorism, housing and women’s rights and debated many other issues. The students held a discussion with Professor Michael Posner, former Assistant Secretary of State on US foreign policy and also benefitted from the insight of some UNSW alumni including Samantha Newman and Alison Corkery on their experiences working in the field on difficult human rights issues. This is the second year, UNSW Law has offered this course and once again, a wonderful group of 36 students ensured its success.