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ML 404 – Minorities, Rights and the Law

Specific groups are often the main victims of human rights violations, hence specific regimes of protection have been developed to protect the ‘most vulnerable’. This module aims to analyse the specific human rights regimes for the protection of minority groups, indigenous peoples, women, children, and other groups in vulnerable positions. This module intends to provide participants with an overview of the legal, political and philosophical issues pertaining to minorities, indigenous peoples and other groups in vulnerable positions. Participants will seek to understand, assimilate and critically evaluate legal arguments with respect to the circumstances that exclude such groups from the reach of the law. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of the underlying legal and political basis within the discourse of vulnerable groups and how it pertains to the overarching issue of access to justice. Participants will become familiar with current debates and cases with a special focus on indigenous people, minorities, and the intersectionality between religion, race, gender and personal identity.
Module Title : Minorities, Rights and the Law
Module Type: Designated
Program: MA/PG Dip Islamic Law Distance Education (DE)
Prerequisite(s): none
Credit(s): 15
Module Code: ML 404
Semester: 2
Component(s): Activities: 30% Review Questions & Discussion Group: 10% Final Essay : 60%


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