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FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA

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FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA

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Anno accademico 2024/2025

Codice attività didattica
CPS0432
Docente
Mia Caielli (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Corso di studio
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
Anno
2° anno
Periodo
Primo semestre
Tipologia
Affine/Integrativa
Crediti/Valenza
6
SSD attività didattica
IUS/21 - diritto pubblico comparato
Erogazione
Tradizionale
Lingua
Inglese
Frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia esame
Scritto
Prerequisiti
Basic knowledge of constitutional and human rights law.
It is strongly recommended that students who did not take any exam in public, constitutional or comparative law read the following book's chapters: Masterman - Schutze (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law, CUP, 2019, Chapters 2, 8, 11, 16.
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Obiettivi formativi

The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of the stages and main characteristics of Latin American constitutionalism with particular attention to the bills of rights sections of contemporary constitutions. Besides, it aims at offering them some insights into human rights careers by exploring the role of NGOs in the protection of fundamental freedoms. 

The course will offer an interactive form of teaching, based on the discussion of judicial cases, legislative texts, and bibliographical material.

 

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Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

- Read critically the content of constitutional human rights provisions

- Understand the complex relationship between law and gender and the impact of race/ethnicity on the effective enjoyment of fundamental freedoms

- Assess the role played by courts, non-judicial bodies, and by civil society organizations in the promotion and protection of human rights 

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Programma

The course will begin with an introduction to the stages of Latin American constitutional history and contemporary constitutions' main characteristics.

The first part of the course will focus on the content of the bill of rights sections of some specific constitutions. It will be dedicated to the analysis of the different mechanisms of human rights protection. In particular, it will analyse the origins and characteristics of judicial mechanisms such as the writ of amparo and other forms of direct action of unconstitutionality such as actio popularis, but will also include non-jurisdictional mechanisms of human rights protection such as the activity of ombudsman, equality bodies and other human rights institutions. 

The second part of the course will pay attention to the interaction between law and gender; the right to equality and non-discrimination; indigenous rights; environmental rights; welfare and cultural rights.

The final part of the course will touch on the peculiar role played by civil society organisations through their advocacy, lobbying and strategic litigation activities in the protection of Indigenous people, ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTI people.

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Modalità di insegnamento

The course will be taught in presence and will consist of:

- Frontal lessons

- Students presentations

- Group discussions on given topics

Judicial decisions, readings, and other materials will be proposed for presentation and discussion. 

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Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

NON - ATTENDING STUDENTS

Grades will be expressed in /30 taking into account the accuracy of knowledge of the subject and the quality of legal reasoning.

The written online exam (via Moodle) will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions (worth 50% of the final grade) and one short essay (worth 50% of the final grade). 

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For students attending at least 70% of classes, the assessment method will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions (worth 50% of the final grade) and a class presentation or another assignment (worth 50% of the final grade).

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Attività di supporto

PPT slides, reading and teaching materials, together with a mid-course self-evaluation test will be posted on Moodle for students attending classes. 

 

Testi consigliati e bibliografia



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Libro
Titolo:  
The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America
Anno pubblicazione:  
2022
Editore:  
OUP
Autore:  
Conrado Hübner Mendes (ed.), Roberto Gargarella (ed.), Sebastián Guidi (ed.)
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Capitoli:  
14; 40; 41; 42; 43; 45; 47
Obbligatorio:  
Si
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ATTENDING STUDENTS

Book chapters and/or other readings will be uploaded on the Moodle platform during the course. 



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