Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
Academic Advisor: Elisabeth Andreoletti-Cheng Tel: +33 (0)1 45 49 55 02 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Academic Assistant: Laure Bihiet
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Program objectives Over the past decades, human rights have known a singular development that upsets the traditional Westphalian order of the world. Given the proper “teeth”, human rights can goad into action and bring about profound social change at the eventual expense of State sovereignty. Human rights are often perceived as the panacea of the many ills that convulse today’s global society: failing aid to development, impunity, corruption, social injustice, indignity, insecurity, etc. Omnipresent, they are no longer the exclusive matter of international advocacy NGOs: governments, intergovernmental organisations, corporations, development agencies, local organizations working in the ﬁelds of health, education, environmental protection, labour, etc. are and will be confronted with the exacting demands of human rights discourse. This cannot be truer than in the ﬁeld of humanitarian action which has also known (unsurprisingly) a formidable expansion in parallel. This intertwining of human rights and humanitarian action would seem natural but is not in fact historically based, and is both intellectually and pragmatically challenging. The program is taught both by professors and practitioners; the team includes notably Aryeh Neier, David Rieff and William Schabas. Main orientations and speciﬁc features The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action provides students with a unique blend of core social science approaches (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology) to humanitarianism and human rights intended to deconstruct the intuitive familiarity between the two ﬁelds and renew the debate concerning the universalism and political neutrality of human rights and humanitarian action through empirical study. It also offers indispensable courses in international law (including law clinics) and global/regional institutional frameworks and advocacy skills. In their ﬁnal semester (Semester 4) students enroll in an advanced workshop seminar dedicated to second year students in the Master. The teaching and learning objective is to give students the tools for strong analytical contextualisation that provides both depth and breadth to the issues at stakes in human rights and humanitarian action and that enables students to make the “right decision at the right moment” when undertaking action on the ground, therefore going beyond the offerings of a typical LLM human rights program or the more professionally oriented humanitarian programs. Another unique element of this Master is an emphasis on the French approach to humanitarian action and human rights while incorporating the pragmatic, judicial American approach to the ﬁeld. Depending on their career goals, students will specialise during their second year in either the ﬁeld of human rights or humanitarian action.