Human Rights Curriculum

Georgetown’s International Law program is ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and our clinical program has consistently topped the list.

The Human Rights Institute has compiled this survey of human rights courses by broad subject-matter area. Please refer to the Curriculum Guide for more up to date information.


Advocacy and Activism

Human Rights Advocacy in Action (Project-based Practicum)
Global Revolutions, Civic Activism, and Civil Society (Seminar)
The United States and Human Rights (Seminar)

Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights (Fieldwork Practicum)
Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy (Seminar)
Business, Human Rights and Sustainability (Seminar)

Capital Punishment

Death Penalty Litigation (Project-based Practicum)
The Death Penalty in America (Seminar)
Human Rights Advocacy: Lessons from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and Other Human Rights Campaigns
Race and Poverty in Capital and Other Criminal Cases

Civil Rights

Civil Rights and Violence Against Women (Project-based Practicum)
Civil Rights Clinic
Civil Rights Statutes and the Supreme Court (Seminar)
Topics in LGBT Civil Rights (Seminar)

Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Street Law: Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Project-based Practicum)

Critical Theory

International Human Rights: History, Theory, Promise and Critique (Seminar)

Environment and Climate

Business, Human Rights and Sustainability (Seminar)
International Environmental Law (Seminar)


Research with Human Subjects: Law, Policy, & Ethics

Health and Human Rights

Global Health Law (Seminar)
Health and Human Rights Practicum (Project-based Practicum)
Industry Epidemics: Non-communicable Diseases, Commercial Risk
Factors and the Law (Seminar)
Indigenous Health Law and Access to Health Care
LGBTQ Health Law and Policy (Seminar)
Regulating Alcohol, Tobacco & Food in International and Comparative Law (Project-based Practicum)

Human Rights and Development

Law and Development (Seminar)

Human Rights Instruments and Institutions

Human Rights and the Inter-American System (Seminar)
International Human Rights Law (Seminar)
International Law I: Introduction to International Law (Seminar)
International Law in Domestic Courts (Seminar)

International Criminal Law / Accountability

Immunity under International Law (Seminar)
International Criminal Law (Seminar)
International Law, Human Rights & Fighting Impunity (Seminar)
War Crimes, Terrorism & International Criminal Procedure (Seminar)

Law of War / International Humanitarian Law

Advanced Topics in International Humanitarian Law (Seminar)
Intro to Humanitarian Crises (Seminar)
Law of War (Seminar)
War Crimes, Terrorism & International Criminal Procedure (Seminar)

LGBTQ Rights

LGBTQ Health Law and Policy (Seminar)
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Sex Characteristics and International Human Rights Law (Project-based Practicum)

Migration and Refugees

Center for Applied Legal Studies (Clinic)
Gender and Immigration (Fieldwork Practicum)
Immigration Law and Policy (Seminar)
Refugee Law and Policy (Seminar)

National Security and Human Rights

Global Law Scholars Seminar II: Applying an International Skill Set (Seminar)
International Law, National Security, and Human Rights (Seminar)
National Security Law (Seminar)

Poverty Reduction

International Law Seminar: Poverty Reduction and Accountability (Seminar)

Privacy and Policing

Policing in the 21st Century: Law Enforcement, Technology, and Surveillance

Racial Justice

Race, Inequality, and Justice (Seminar)
Racial Equity in Education Law & Policy Clinic

Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Health and International Human Rights Law (Project-based Practicum)
Reproductive Rights (Seminar)

Women's Rights

Gender and U.S. Foreign Policy (Seminar)
International and Comparative Law on Women’s Human Rights (Seminar)
International Women’s Human Rights Clinic
LAWA Graduate Seminar
LAWA Graduate Seminar II
Scholarly Writing: African Women's Human Rights Issues

Worker Rights

Employment Discrimination (Seminar)
Policy Clinic (Harrison Institute for Public Law)
Worker Rights in the Global Economy (Seminar)