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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.

Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.