Human rights are universal legal guarantees protecting individuals and groups against actions which interfere with fundamental freedoms and human dignity. Human rights international law obliges States to do some things and prevents them from doing others. Based on the international legal standards adopted by the international community through time, this course aims to provide the students with the basic concepts of international human rights law, its sources, and the general protection institutions that exist to protect these guarantees. Through the course the students will explore: – What are human rights? – What are the main international instruments that safeguard HR? – Where do HR rules come from? – Who makes these rules? And who monitors them? – What is the role of the international organizations? The course will provide understanding of human rights in the context of International Human Rights Law and its importance.
This course takes place on April 2 and 3. Students are expected to attend both days.
Andrea Galindo Barragan is the Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute. Ms. Galindo has worked as an International Human Rights Consultant and has taught human rights courses in countries including Georgia, Palestine, Syria, Mongolia, Israel, Brazil, Malaysia, Kenya, Thailand, Paraguay, Panama, Costa Rica and the United States. She developed and now coordinates the annual training courses on the Inter-‐American Commission on Human Rights, both for civil society and government officials. The training is co-‐organized by the Inter-‐American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), American University Washington College of Law, Texas University, the Inter-‐American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH), and RFK Human Rights.
Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Galindo managed the Education and Training Program at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva. During her time there she delivered numerous trainings and developed several training manuals on the access to International Mechanisms. She has also developed a manual training for indigenous women on the Inter-‐American HR System. She also served as Human Rights Specialist at the IACHR and coordinated the Special Unit for Human Rights Defenders. Early in her career she worked for the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and the Center for Studies for Infants and Youth (CELIJ). She was also a professor of Human Rights and International Law at the University of Buenos Aires.
Ms. Galindo holds a law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and studied in the master’s degree program in International Human Rights at the American University.