Human Rights Protection of Vulnerable Groups: domestic and international perspectives

  • Total class time: 40 hours.
  • Unit: Centro Universitário FECAP Liberdade (Av. da Liberdade, 532).
  • Times: Saturday from 13:20 to 15:00, starting March 03th.
  • Value: Students and Alumni: R$100,00, in case of aprovement the value will be returned.
  • External Public: R$1.600,00
  • Professor: Claudia Marconi






Distinct approaches and readings from Political Science focusing on vulnerability as a political construct. Introduction of a human rights perspective in order to evaluate who bears primary responsibility for responding to vulnerability in general and to vulnerable groups specifically. Adoption of critical perspectives towards vulnerability avoiding its reduction to some sort of neutrality and by addressing and articulating both (i) specific categories of human rights, such as children, women, migrants, black people, LGBTQ and slavers, and (ii) issues closely related to the production of harms to them, such as atrocities, torture, rape, enslavement, mourning and death.



  • To dislodge the concept of vulnerability from a neutral ground;
  • To consider ways through which vulnerability has been politicized and how does it affect distinct socio-political spaces;
  • To problematize how does vulnerability interact with the narrative and practice of human rights;
  • To identify which sub-groups of human rights have been institutionalized both on the domestic and international levels.
  • To employ the methodology of case study in order to analyze specific categories of human rights through addressing topics that expose and distinguish their vulnerabilities.



High intermediate english.



  1. Participation: 40% of NI2
  2. Case Studies:  60% of NI2
  3. Official Exams:
  • an oral presentation (using prezi or ppt) of NI1
  • an ending evaluation as PO



  • Part I –    What does vulnerability entail as a political construct?
  • Part II –   How does human rights promise to respond to vulnerability of specific groups?
  • Part III  –  Case studies around vulnerable groups and specific  aspects of harm inflicted on them.



Andrieu, K. (2009) ‘“Sorry for the Genocide”: How Public Apologies Can Help Promote National Reconciliation’, Millennium – Journal of International Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1, 3–23.

Baier, A. C. (1995) Moral Prejudices. Essays on Ethics (Cambridge: Harvard University Press).

Butler, J. A reivindicação da não violência. Quadros de Guerra: quando a vida é passível de luto. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira, 2015, pp.233-259.

Dodds, S; Mackenzie, C; Rogers, Wendy (Eds). Vulnerability: new essays in ethics and feminist philosophy. Oxford: OUP, 2014.

Grear, A.; Albertson, M. F. Vulnerability: reflections on a new ethical foundation for Law and Politics. USA: Ashgate, 2013.

McGillivray, F. and A. Smith (2000) ‘Trust and Cooperation through Agent-Specific Punishments’, International Organization, Vol. 54, No. 4, 809–824.

Michel T. (2013) Trust, Rationality and Vulnerability in International Relations. In: Beattie A.R., Schick K. (eds) The Vulnerable Subject. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Mccarty, C. “Reparations under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and Reparative Justice Theory”. The International Journal of Transitional Justice. Vol.3, 2009, pp.250-271.

McEvoy, K; Mcconachie, K. Victimology in Transitional Justice: victimhood, innocence and hierarchy. European Journal of Criminology.Vol.9, n.5, 2012, pp.527-538.

Rajan, R. S. Death and the subaltern. In: Morris, Rosalind C. (Ed.) Can the subaltern speak: reflections on the history of an idea. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Turner, B. S. Vulnerability and Human Rights. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2006. Project MUSE.

Spivak, G. C. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: toward a history of the vanishing presente. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.

____. The new subaltern: a silent interview. In: Chaturvedi, V (Ed). Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial. London: Verso, 2012.

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