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Securing human rights in development and conflict

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Academic Direction
School of Advanced Study
Also part of
MA Human Rights
Modes of Study

In this module, the concepts explored in Securing Human Rights are used to review strategies employed by actors to secure human rights in the context of development and conflict situations, broadly understood.

Topics covered

Section A - Securing Human Rights in Development

  • Human rights-based approaches to development
  • How international development agencies work on human rights issues
  • The particular challenges of protecting women’s human rights in development
  • The responsibilities of businesses in human rights protection
  • The practice of securing human rights through domestic level capacity building and litigation on poverty-related issues.

Section B - Securing Human Rights in Conflict

  • Issues facing human rights officers in field operations
  • Safeguarding human rights defenders living in (or targets of) conflict
  • The needs of refugees and IDPs
  • The particular issues faced by women in conflict
  • The difficulties of securing human rights in the transition to peace.

Learning outcomes

This module reflects on and builds skills for human rights practice and includes contributions from human rights practitioners, who will engage directly with the students in periodic online seminars and via videos.


This module is assessed by one item of coursework (70% of the overall grade), and three E-tivities (30%).