Courses, Thematic Section 5

Thematic Section 5

Human Rights and Security 3 December 2012-24 January 2013 (weeks 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) TS 5...

Human Rights and Security

3 December 2012-24 January 2013 (weeks 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

TS 5 responsible: Prof. Carmen Marquez Carrasco (E.MA Chairperson, University of Seville)

  • Human Security, Vulnerability and Human RightsMinority Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and interplay with IHRL
  • Refugee law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Peace operations and Field Missions

Thematic Section 5 focuses on the interaction between human rights and security. Most violent conflicts since the Second World War have been of intra-state nature: civil war, state failure and low-intensity violent conflict. The impacts associated with these phenomena include direct human costs – death, injury, human rights abuse, forced migration – the destruction of the infrastructure and the destruction of societal institutions. Civil wars and situations of state failure also contribute to international insecurity, in the form of refugee flows, the trafficking of arms and narcotics, and the spreading of insurgencies. Going beyond a conventional focus upon military threat to territory, many analysts argue that non-traditional challenges – such as human rights abuses, extreme deprivation and epidemics – must now be included on the international peace and security agenda. Therefore human insecurity can form an underlying source of instability. Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the issue has gained renewed urgency. This TS will seek to engage the student with a wide array of knowledge: the new peace and security agenda, the role and functions of security mechanisms at the universal and regional levels, the distinct regimes of international humanitarian law, international criminal law and the laws on refugees. In addition, the impact of the various regimes on vulnerable groups – inevitably the first victims of every conflict – will be studied.

To enable the student to engage with the issues in greater depth, the section will end with a field trip to Kosovo offering an opportunity to examine the extent to which the laws and concepts surrounding the issue of human rights and security operate in a post-conflict situation.

Course Details

Course Name Responsible Time
Thematic Section 5 Prof. Carmen Marquez Carrasco 3 December 2012-24 January 2013 (weeks 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

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