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Human Rights in Germany: Gender, Racism and Social Justice

The monitoring and protection of human rights is a major challenge for the international community. The course introduces the philosophical foundations of human rights as a concept. It addresses the content of human rights as well as different methods developed at international level to protect them.

Course periodJan. 8, 2018 - Jan. 26, 2018
Category Religion, Ethics & Law
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

up to 18 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend classes regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2017, or when participant quota is reached This course is fully booked.
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Sept. 15, 2017
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro


The course will commence with an introduction to the philosophical foundations of human rights as a concept. It will discuss civil society's means of protecting human rights against the state. The international community took up the cause of protecting human rights in the aftermath of World War II. The Universal Declaration promises equal protection of all human rights. However, subsequent developments have led to a certain separation between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other, with quite distinct methods of supervision and enforcement. Today, we may perhaps witness a certain realignment of the two groups of rights.

This course aims at familiarising students with the concept and contents of human rights and the different methods developed at international level to protect them.


course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 15 hours per week).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions


Schedule (Track B)

Monday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Friday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.05 pm


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world.

The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate law students and/or students with a strong interest in the topic.

In order to follow the course, a good or very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Karina Theurer works currently as a coordinator and teacher of the Humboldt Law Clinic Human Rights and as a Research Fellow at the Chair of Public Law and Gender Studies at the Law Faculty of Humboldt Universität. She studied Law at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg und the Humboldt Universität (First State Exam 2008, Graduate Prize for Academic Achievement in European and International Law at Humboldt Universität) and the Masters Program "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" at the Latin American Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin with the Master thesis on decolonial critique on transitional justice premises and processes through literary texts. Since 2010 she is a Ph.D. candidate in law, focusing on the (Re-)Construction of Gender in Germany through human rights litigation.

Doris Liebscher is a lawyer with a focus on anti-discrimination law, feminist jurisprudence and racism and law. She studied law at the University of Leipzig and specialized in Law of European Integration at the University of Leipzig and the Univercity Complutense de Madrid. She is a co-founder and board director of one of Germany's first Anti-Discrimination NGOs in Leipzig. Currently she works as a coordinator and teacher of the Humboldt Law Clinic Human Rights at the Department of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is a partner at the Office of Legal Affairs and Science Berlin. She is furthermore involved in a project at the German Institute for Human Rights, where she develops a training for judges and public prosecutures, who deal with cases of racist violence and racist hate speech.

She writes her dissertation on the topic of "Race and Ethnicity as Categories in German Antidiscrimination Law".

Katharina Bager coordinates and teaches at the Humboldt Law Clinic Human Rights. She studied Law at the University of Leipzig and the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Her fields of specialisation include Gender and the Law, anti-discrimination law, human rights and legal sociology.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin


This course can be combined with: