Title: How to teach and learn Human Rights through ARTS

Lead Presenter: Irene Spigno

Co-Presenters:

  1. Juan Francisco Reyes Robledo

Session Abstract: According to the classic methodology of legal education, Law should be taught with words. And it is more: it should be taught with the same words with which it is written. However, legal education on human rights cannot be formalistic. It cannot be too rigid. It needs flexibility and its teaching and learning need an interdisciplinary approach. Through the help of other disciplines – as arts – complementing traditional education, students can strengthen their legal preparation. Throughout a visual interpretation, legal issue should be presented under a new paradigm, and offer a universal and timeless quality to the legal theme of a specific event. An image has the capacity to capture a moment in the development of the legal norm, extracting it from the concrete circumstances. Within this framework, the proposal the Inter-American Academy of Human Rights is submitting is directed to generate a solid academic debate on the relevance of teaching and learning human rights through visual arts. More specifically, the project proposal is to implement instruments for the definition of a methodology for teaching and learning human rights through the inclusion in the curricula of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on how paintings and photography can be interpreted under a legal perspective. The starting point will be the presentation of the project “Migrants Human Rights and Painting”, developed by the Inter-American Academy of Human Rights, and the methodology adopted therein. A session of discussion with the participants will follow in order to think about other strategies and how to fill gaps in the proposed methodology. The final objective will be the proposal of teaching strategies to implement courses of Arts and Human Rights.

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