International Study Opportunities

Study International Human Rights Law in Vietnam

International Human Rights Law (JD 174, 2 Credits)

Prerequisites: Lawyering Skills I & II, Contracts I & II, Criminal Law, Torts, Property, Con. Law I, Civil Procedure I

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to study the history, culture, economy, legal system, and human and indigenous peoples' rights of Vietnam. As part of the courses, students will travel to Vietnam for a two-week field trip comprised of law study meetings, educational exploration, and sightseeing.

Course Information

In International Human Rights Law (JD 174, 2 Credits) students examine the historical origins of human rights law, the substantive international tests and norms, and the international mechanisms that might be used to enforce it. The course will include consideration of the United Nations human rights system and regional systems such as the European Human Rights System and the Inter-American Human Rights System, as well as domestic enforcement of human rights and the prevention of human rights violations. The field trip to Vietnam is optional but encouraged.

Trip Dates & Details

Chicago Dates: TBD (4 weeks of class, 2 times per week, 2.5 hours per class)
Vietnam Dates: TBD

The Presidential Palace in Hanoi

In addition to the standard tuition costs for the course, there is an additional administrative charge of $500. The estimated budget for airfare, housing, and meals is $5,000. While in Vietnam, students will have the opportunity to discover traditional Vietnamese culture outside of scheduled law study meetings by explore Vietnam. Activities may include:

Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Complex/Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology, Water Puppet Show, Ngoc Son Temple, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Halong Bay, Hoa Binh (a hill tribe village)

Can Tho: Ninh Kieu wharf, stock markets, Quang Trung Bridge, Caj Rang floating market, My Tho Pier, Tien River fish farms, Long Islands (Lan, Quy, and Phung), To Thai Son (fruit gardens, honey bees/production, and coconut candy production)

Ho Chi Minh City: Notre Dame Cathedral, the old post office, Dong Khoi Street, Opera House, Peoples' Committee Building, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Thien Hau Pagoda, Cholon Cyclo Tour, Binh Tay Market

For more information about this program, please contact Associate Dean Ralph Ruebner at


Capital Hanoi
Largest city Ho Chi Minh City
Official Language Vietnamese
Government Marxist–Leninist people's democratic single-party state
Population 87,840,000