Law, Society, and Rights in Asia

The 21st century has often been heralded as the “Asian century” – a century characterized by economic development, increased political power, and unprecedented social change. Students in this class will explore how these myriad forces affect law, society, and rights in Asian societies and consider human rights institutions, mechanisms, and networks (or lack thereof) in domestic and regional settings, and successful advocacy strategies.  The class will discuss how Asian countries have engaged with international legal and human rights mechanisms, looking substantively at human rights advocacy and legal reform around various issues, including (1) internet and media censorship; (2) gender and sexuality; (3) land rights; (4) reproductive and sexual health; (5) the rights of migrant workers and refugees.
Credits: 2