Civil rights are important components of democracy and the principle of rule of law. When individuals are being denied opportunities to participate in political society, they are being denied their civil rights. The core mission of this course is to deliver practice-relevant information to the community of lawyers who represent plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits implicating civil rights in front of international mechanisms. As it is very well known, civil rights are the guarantees of equal social opportunities and equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religion, or other personal characteristics. Examples of civil rights include very important and essential rights such as the right to vote, the right to a fair trial, the right to government services, the right to a public education, and the right to use public facilities.