Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization

Faculty supervisor:

István Rév, Iván Székely, András Mink, Csaba Szilágyi

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (www.osaarchivum.org) offers an archival specialization in contemporary archival theory, thinking and practice, and information management, and evidentiary practices in an archives holding documents relating to the recent past (post-WWII).

The aim of the program proposed by Blinken OSA is to provide students with both theoretical grounding and practical skills in working and pursuing research in a contemporary and innovative archival setting. Throughout the program, they will explore a number of relevant topics including the basic historical, legal, political and societal aspects of archives, from recordkeeping through documentary evidence to justice and memory-making; free, open and equal access to archives and information; ethical use of private data; open source solutions and standards, and digital archives; collection development in a permanently changing technological environment; new archival storage and research tools; archival activism; and community and participatory archives. During a series of seminars, hands-on workshops, discussions and practical archival activities, participants will be able to make full use of the unique collections and facilities of Blinken OSA.

Students of the Department of Legal Studies and the Department of History enrolled in the Archives, Evidence and Human Rights (AEHR) course offered by Blinken OSA are eligible to sign up. (The other two components of the specialization are: Archival Practice and Advanced Coursework, for 3 credit/30 hours each.) If they do no fill the maximum number of five positions, the Archival Specialization remains open for interested students from other departments as well.

The knowledge and skills acquired during this specialization will open up for them additional avenues of pursuing a career not only in their chosen field but also in archives, libraries, and museums or in the multidisciplinary arena of the digital humanities.

Students participating in the specialization also have to meet the credit requirements of their own Program (for details please see the relevant program requirements).

The registration deadline for the Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization will be announced separately.

Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization for Human Rights M.A./LLM students

Credit requirements

Students studying for an M.A./LLM degree in Human Rights with an Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization must obtain 28 Legal Studies course credits and must write a thesis of 50-100 pages (a minimum of 17.000 words).

The 28 credits must be obtained according the following rules.

I. Mandatory courses for HR MA students

1. Program-specific mandatory courses (7 credits)

Introduction to Human Rights / Sejal Parmar (Pre-session, 1 credit)

Introduction to Law and the Basics of Public International Law / Eszter Polgári (Pre-session, 2 credits)

Academic Legal Writing and Research / Sejal Parmar, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga, Mathias Möschel (Fall term, 0 credit)

Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Fall Term, 0 credit)

Fundamental Rights in Comparative Perspective / Renáta Uitz (Fall term, 2 credits)

Introduction to Regional Human Rights Systems / Eszter Polgári, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga, (Fall term, 2 credits)

2. Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization -specific mandatory courses (9 credits)

Archives, Evidence and Human Rights / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (Fall term, 3 credits)

Archival Practice / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (3 credits)

Advanced Coursework / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (3 credits)

 I. Mandatory courses for HR LLM  students

1. Program-specific mandatory courses (7 credits)

Introduction to Human Rights / Sejal Parmar (Pre-session, 1 credit)

Introduction to Public International Law / Markus Böckenförde (Pre-session, 1 credit)

Legal Terminology and Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. candidate (Pre-session, 1 credit)

Academic Legal Writing and Research / Sejal Parmar, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga, Mathias Möschel (Fall             term, 0 credit)

Fundamental Rights in Comparative Perspective / Renáta Uitz, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Fall term, 2 credits)

Introduction to Regional Human Rights Systems / Eszter Polgári, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (Fall term, 2 credits)

2. Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization -specific mandatory courses (9 credits)

Archives, Evidence and Human Rights / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (Fall term, 3 credits)

Archival Practice / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (3 credits)

Advanced Coursework / Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink (3 credits)

Mandatory elective courses are the same for HR MA/LLM students

II. Mandatory elective courses

1. Civil and Political Rights (3 credits must be obtained out of 7)

Freedom of Expression / András Sajó (Winter term, 2 credits)

Political Rights in Comparative Perspective / Daniel Smilov (Winter term, 1 credit)

            Comparative Freedom of Religion / Cole Durham, Brett Scharffs (Spring term, 2 credits)

Freedom of Assembly / Michael Hamilton (Spring term, 1 credit)

            Freedom of Religion – Advanced / Cole Durham (Spring term, 1 credit)

 

2. Enforcing Rights & Human Rights Advocacy (3 credits must be obtained out of 9)

Human Rights Remedies / Jeremy McBride (Fall term, 1 credit)

The UN Human Rights System / Sejal Parmar (Fall term, 2 credits)

EU Human Rights Law and Policy / Marie-Pierre Granger (Winter term, 2 credits)

International Human Rights Advocacy/ Sejal Parmar (Winter term, 2 credits)

            Freedom of Expression in Practice / Sejal Parmar (Spring term, 2 credits)

 

Students are advised to consult their thesis supervisor when selecting restricted elective courses.