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UNIVERSITY OF ST.

LA SALLE
COLLEGE OF LAW

LAW 504: HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

COURSE OUTLINE
2nd Semester, A.Y. 2016-2017

PART 1

I. Concepts

a. Exordium

*In Re Estate of Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 910 F. Supp. 1460 (D. Haw.
1995)
*Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 (Philippines)
(https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/wr2016_web.pdf)
*Concluding Observations, UNCommittee on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights
(http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=4slQ6QSmlBEDz
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b. Meaning of human rights


*Simon vs. CHR (G.R. No. 100150, 05 January 1994)
*Govt of Hong Kong vs. Olalia (G.R. No. 153675, 19 April 2007)
b. Attributes of human rights
c. The three (3) generations of human rights

II. State Responsibility

a. Role of the State as guarantor of human rights


b. Violations by State actors and non-State actors
c. International State Responsibility
- International State responsibility for internationally wrongful acts
*Velasquez-Rodriguez vs. Honduras (29 July 1988)
-Derivative State responsibility for complicity
*Nicaragua vs. United States of America (27 July 1986)
d. Philippine cases on State Responsibility
*People vs. Marti (G.R. No. 81561, 18 January 1991)
*Oposa vs. Factoran (G.R. No. 101063, 30 July 1993)
e. Command Responsibility
*In Re: Yamashita, 327 U.S. 1 (1946).
*In the Matter of the Petition for the Writ of Amparo and Habeas Data in favor
of Noriel H. Rodriguez (G.R. 191805, 15 November 2011)

III. Sources of International Human Rights Law

a. International Agreements
b. International Customary Law
*North Sea Continental Shelf Case (West Germany vs. Denmark and West
Germany vs. Netherland, ICJ, Feb. 20, 1969)
*Barcelona Traction Light and Power Company, (Belgium v Spain)
c. General Principles of Law
*Incorporation clause in the 1987 Constitution; Section 2, Article II
*Kuroda v Jalandoni , GR No. L- 2662, March 26, 1949

d. Judicial Decisions and Teachings


- International Court of Justice
- International Criminal Court
- Ad hoc criminal tribunal
- Regional Courts
- Hybrid or internationalized courts
- Martens Clause