Legal Journalism and Human Rights
This group independent study will require each student to choose a topic related to human rights, broadly speaking, and write several drafts of a paper that is analytically rigorous yet accessible to the layperson. We will meet as a group for the first half of the semester and read and discuss a number of different works, such as In Cold Blood, that are united less by their focus on human rights in the narrowest sense than by their ability to explore complex legal, policy, and moral issues in readable, even beautiful, prose. Our focus will be as much on the methodology of the works as on their substance. The rest of the semester will be devoted to research, writing, and individual meetings with the professor. Papers may not be based solely on library and computer work. Research must include interviews with at least three people (for instance, lawyers, judges, policymakers, activists, and/or victims of human rights abuses).
Students are strongly encouraged to begin thinking about areas of interest before the semester starts. The professor