Students participating in the International Human Rights Summer Law Program earn four credits over a concentrated three-week program of study. Students select two two-credit courses from a menu of courses that focuses on different aspects of human rights law. Please refer to the Rome Summer Law Program Calendar for a complete schedule of classes, exams, and events

2022 International Human Rights Summer Law Program, Rome, Italy
Sunday, May 15 to Sunday, June 5, 2022

(Except where otherwise noted, enrollment in each class is projected to be capped at 15, determined in the order in which we receive applicant deposits and final registration forms.)

Art, Cultural Property and Human Rights (2 cr.) – This course is a survey course that explores art and cultural heritage from the perspective of human rights. We will examine the extent of human rights protection in international treaties and national laws (focusing in particular on American, European, and Italian law) for cultural heritage, artistic productions, and participation in cultural life. We will learn about the complex, multilayered regime of public and private regulation of art and cultural heritage, as well as the tensions between interests of the many public and private stakeholders, including nation-states, museums, art dealers, artists, and the general public. Some of the issues that we will study include artist’s rights in visual art, including copyright, moral rights, and droit de suite; international movement of art and antiquities and the illicit international trade in art; ownership of native cultural objects, including indigenous rights and group rights in cultural resources; repatriation of cultural objects; plundering and destruction of works of art in times of war and military conflict; and government censorship of art and support of art. Students will not only discuss theoretical issues, but will also have many opportunities to explore the cultural heritage of the “Eternal City” and Vatican City. Professor Fischer.

Tax Policy and Human Rights (2 cr.) - The American tax system contains numerous provisions that are designed to encourage activities consistent with certain public policy concerns and to relieve various forms of personal hardship. These provisions, which have significant economic and social impact, represent a set of societal beliefs that some activities are so important that they warrant public subsidies. Not surprisingly, many of the issues that arise in connection with tax policy relate to questions regarding the types of activities that government should or should not support. This course seeks to answer these questions by exploring the relationship between tax policy and internationally-recognized human rights. Using a comparative approach, this course specifically addresses the following considerations: (1) human rights principles as they relate to various tax-preferred activities, such as education, health, housing, and retirement;(2) current trends in fiscal and tax policy and their impact on human rights, and (3) the effectiveness of different tax policies and practices, evaluated in accordance with recognized human rights principles and standards. Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with some of the most significant sources of international human rights law, a basic understanding of the role of government in protecting and promoting certain human rights, and an appreciation for the way in which human rights and tax policy intermesh. Examination. Professor Jefferson.

Human Rights and the Liberal Society (2 cr.) - This course will examine the philosophical foundations of human rights. The first half of the course will be dedicated to reading key texts in the liberal philosophical tradition, including works by Locke, Rousseau, Burke, and Mill. The focus will be on the assumptions about human nature, politics, and law undergirding these different theories. The natural-law tradition will also be presented as part of the discussion, with an emphasis on Aristotle and Aquinas. The second half of the course will be dedicated to applying these theoretical frameworks to modern disputes about rights, including abortion, same-sex marriage, and the freedom of speech. Students will be exposed to contrasting views on these issues and learn to identify the philosophical assumptions of various positions. The course involves roughly 40-50 pages of reading per day, plus a very short response to the reading due before each session. Students will also make one or two short presentations on the readings, as well as a presentation on the topic of their final paper. The final will consist of a 15-20 page paper, which will be due on a date yet to be determined, after the course concludes. This course does not satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Students who complete this course may not enroll in Professor Alicea's American Constitutional Theory course in the future. Professor Alicea

Directed Research/Topics Related to the Holy See and Human Rights (2 cr.) - AW Enrollment in this option is limited to a maximum of 4 students. Interested applicants must submit a 2-page written proposal for their paper to Professor Silecchia (silecchia@law) as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2022. The topic selected must be related to the participation of the Holy See in matters of human rights. The first four acceptable topics will be selected. In Rome, students enrolled in this Directed Research option will meet multiple times as a group and individually with Professor Silecchia for guidance on the paper. Initial research on the paper, a preliminary 10-page summary of the full paper, a detailed research plan, and a detailed outline of the paper must be submitted while in Rome. In addition, students will be required to present their initial thesis orally for feedback from the instructor and the other paper writers. A full schedule of deadlines for the Rome portion of the project will be provided once a proposal is accepted.

Final papers will be due at the end of the Fall 2022 term and which time grades will be posted. Non-CUA students should be sure that this schedule for posting of course grades is acceptable before registering to participate in this course. This course offers students the opportunity to conduct original, in-depth legal research and produce a quality, written analysis in an area of special interest under the close supervision of a faculty member. The course will fulfill one of the two upper-class writing requirements if the student achieves a final grade of at least a B-. A faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s supervising instructor will provide guidance and feedback throughout the research and writing process.

The student’s final grade will reflect the supervising instructor’s evaluation of the quality of the student’s legal research and legal analysis, as well as the quality of his/her legal writing. Although the page number requirement is left to the supervising instructor's discretion, it is unlikely that a paper of acceptable quality could be completed in fewer than 40 pages. To register, a student must submit a statement of topic, signed by the supervising instructor, that describes the proposed research topic and establishes the tentative research and writing schedule. The signed statement of topic must be submitted to the Office of the Academic Affairs before the end of the add/drop period for the semester. Faculty. Professor Silecchia.