Tanya Monforte

American University in Cairo

Tanya Monforte is director of the International Human Rights Law Program and assistant professor of law at American University in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in the sociology of law from the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, and a B.A. in philosophy from Wichita State University. She researches in the areas of international law and legal theory, with a particular interest in feminist legal theory and the rights of peoples without states in international law. Her publications include “Razing Child Soldiers” ALIF (2007) with works in progress on topics including a third world approach to human rights treaties and a comparative analysis of rights discourse in separatist movements. In 2008-2009, she was a visiting assistant professor (research), at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.

Why should high school students learn about human rights?
How are the rights of children addressed in international law?
Do human rights treaties impose values or do they allow for different cultural interpretations?
How does the case of child soldiers demonstrate the evolving nature of human rights?
Do different cultures have different understandings of human rights?
What is an example of a reservation to a human rights treaty?
Why do states make reservations to human rights treaties?
Who are you and what do you do?
What is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?
What is a reservation to a treaty?
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