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International Protection of Human Rights


The Human Rights course seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of international human rights law and practice. We will trace the historical and conceptual evolution of human rights norms, considering civil and political and economic and social rights and will discuss both universal as well as regional developments. By detailed consideration of real cases, we will analyse key rights and enquire into current challenges to their protection arising in diverse contexts – from the home to the fight against international terrorism. The international human rights infrastructure and mechanisms of enforcement will be discussed, including the role and impact of litigation in rights protection. The interrelationship between human rights and other areas of international law and practice covered in the course, notably IHL and ICL, will also be explored. The course is intended to combine in-depth analysis of the scope and nature of rights with an emphasis on the practical application of the law and challenges arising.

Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.