Politics Course with Hon Michael Kirby: Securing Peace with Human Rights in North Korea

Politics Course with Hon Michael Kirby: Securing Peace with Human Rights in North Korea

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As we move towards the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, North and South have announced that they will march together at the opening ceremony and create a combined team. Beyond the 2018 Winter Olympics how do we secure peace in Korea whilst improving human rights in North Korea? This politics course with the Honourable Michael Kirby, AC CMG, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea, (2013-14) will address all of the important aspects of this challenging contemporary issue.

Learning Aims

The aim of this politics course by the Honourable Michael Kirby’s is to empower participants to:

  1. Be inspired and encouraged to learn more about North Korea.
  2. Have a greater understanding of North Korea and human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the issue of securing peace.
  3. Stimulate debate and encourage active and informed discussions with regard to North Korea: "crimes against its own people"; and their stance on security of the region and nuclear weapons.
  4. Be informed of the findings in the Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Course Content

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG chaired a Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea for the United Nations Human Rights Council. The inquiry found many grave crimes against humanity.

In this politics course, he will address the quandary of how we can tackle the crimes against its own people whilst responding effectively to the issues of peace and security of the region arising from the development of nuclear weapons.

Intended Audience

This politics course is suitable for anyone who is interested in Korea, North Korea and the issue of human rights.

Delivery Style

This politics course will be delivered as a lecture followed by general discussion. Questions and discussion will be encouraged from fellow learners in the room and those on video link. The course will be offered via video link to those in international or regional locations. Registered participants may connect to the video link using Cisco Meeting, Cisco Jabber, Google Chrome, Zoom or Skype for Business and a reliable Internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to this course.

Recommended Reading

  1. United Nations Human Council, Report of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, (2014), A/HRC/25/63, especially pp. 15-21.
  2. Dean and Professor of Political Sciences, Griffith University, Andrew O’Neil, Why a first strike option on North Korea is a very bad idea, The Conversation, 1/2/18.
  3. Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, David Rowe and Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Policy, University of Edinburgh, Jung Woo Lee, The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world, The Conversation, 11/1/18.
  4. Michael D. Kirby, UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: ten lessons, Melbourne Journal of International Law, v.15, no.2, 2014 Dec, p.1(27).
  5. North Korea Search, The Conversation, 17/12/17.
  6. Cameron Forbes, The Korean War – Australia in the Giants' Playground, Sydney, Macmillan Australia, 2010.
  7. Michael Pembroke, Korea: Where the American Century Began, Hardie Grant Books,2018 ISBN: 9781743793930.

Course Prerequisites

This politics course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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