University of Oregon

Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Rosario

Program Overview

Transitional justice is an emerging field of law and inter-disciplinary academic study. Latin America has been at the forefront of the transitional justice movement since the early 1980s, and countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru continue to serve as models for other societies seeking a peaceful post-conflict transition. Similarly, Latin American countries and regional institutions have been pioneers in the development of culturally specific human rights laws, practices, and institutions. The promotion of human rights, from both an international and domestic perspective, provides the foundation for all transitional justice movements. Therefore, combining the study of human rights with transitional justice is necessary. Teaching human rights and transitional justice requires an interdisciplinary perspective that includes an emphasis on law, politics, history, and culture. Latin America, and South America in particular, is a perfect setting for studying these important topics.

Academic Details

This six-week program will provide students an opportunity to study two overlapping but distinct disciplines in a country that has witnessed both the challenges and possibilities of human rights and transitional justice.  Students will take two core courses: Human Rights in Latin America, and Transitional Justice in the Southern Cone.  These courses will be supplemented with language study (basic and intermediate levels) and relevant field excursions, both of which will help truly immerse the students in the complexities inherent to the transitional justice movement.

Each course will provide relevant historical, philosophical, and international perspectives on human rights and transitional justice, with the remainder of the courses focusing on each discipline’s efforts in Latin America specifically. While learning about the past, students will witness first-hand the ongoing challenges for human rights law and human rights activism by engaging in contemporary Argentine politics. The goal of the program is for students to build a general foundation in the fields of international human rights and transitional justice, supplemented by case study approaches to the Inter-American human rights system, human rights law, and various transitional justice mechanisms (e.g. trials and truth commissions) undertaken by Argentina and its neighbors.  This program is primarily geared towards students in the social sciences who wish to pursue careers in law, international development, human rights, social justice, and/or academia.  The program is open to students from all majors, but is particularly relevant for students majoring in International Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Spanish, and pre-law.

Students who wish to extend their international experience will have the option of pursuing a four-week internship with an international human rights organization (pending language proficiency) or a faculty-supervised independent research project. 

Internship Details

Students who wish to extend their international experience can apply for a four-week internship or independent research project

Faculty and Staff

William Johnson, J.D. / M.A. is an Instructor in the International Studies Department and in the Undergraduate Legal Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Professor Johnson’s teaching and research interests are: Human Rights; Transitional justice and post-conflict peace building; corruption; and international development. Professor Johnson designed and ran this program in Rosario during the summer of 2016.

Housing Description

Living with an Argentine host family provides you with the opportunity to learn about Argentine ways of life, further language proficiency and discover rich cultural traditions in Rosario. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad, and often times remain lifelong friends with their host family well after returning home. Host families are carefully screened and provide quality, comfortable accommodations in the downtown area offering you the opportunity to improve your Spanish language and skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Placements include families with children as well as single women and couples with older children who no longer live at home. You will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the homestay, and during the week lunch will be served at a restaurant close to the university.


Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer 201702/15/201703/15/201706/22/201708/03/2017

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.