The first part of the course looks at how the region has emerged from authoritarian regimes and is now in a process of democratisation, identifies the principal human rights challenges and evaluates the human rights commitments represented by recent Constitutions, court decisions and pronouncements of the Inter-American human rights system. The second part looks at some of the major actors advancing a progressive agenda, in particular indigenous peoples, Afro-Latin Americans and women. The concluding section considers how Latin American states are dealing with the challenges of poverty, inequalities, increasing environmental issues and economic models driven by resource extraction and agri-business and considers their implication for human rights.
Seminars will be thematic and analytical giving students the chance to have an overall understanding of key issues. Specific case or country examples will be used to deepen understanding.