Course date

30 July - 10 August, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
Course Director(s): 

George Kent

Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Deborah Hines

World Food Program, Rome, Italy

Olga Vorkunova

IMEMO, Moscow, Russian Federation

The purpose of this course is to study the working of human rights systems through close examination of the human right to food and nutrition. Participants should gain an understanding of recent developments in nutrition rights, and also develop skill in applying the nutrition rights approach in specific contexts.

Goals include learning about

  • the nature of rights systems generally;
  • the content and character of the international human rights system, in the framework of international law;
  • the historical foundations of the human right to food and nutrition;
  • the meaning of the human right to food and nutrition as it has been clarified since the World Food Summit of 1996;
  • the application of the nutrition rights approach in various contexts, e.g., in specific countries, and in relation to refugees, infants, drinking water, prisons, etc.

And, with these foundations, building skills in

  • analyzing concrete situations to identify violations of the human right to food and nutrition;
  • formulating proposals for policy and legislation that would operationalize the realization of the human right to food and nutrition in specific contexts.

Course level, target audience:
This is a graduate level course. Participants should have studied social sciences or law, and preferably should have some experience working in related fields.