This course intends to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of the European human rights system. Together with the course on International Human Rights Law it provides the foundation for the rest of the programme.
The course covers human rights protection mechanisms within the Council of Europe as well as human rights protection under European Union law. In respect of the former the European Convention on Human Rights plays a central role. In addition attention will be paid to the European Social Charter and other human rights instruments the Council of Europe has developed, such as the European Committee for the Protection against Torture (CPT) and the Commissioner for human rights. As far as human rights protection under European Union law is concerned, the development of EU involvement with human rights and the position of the Charter of Fundamental Rights will play a central role. Of course, this will include the relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Students have gain a profound knowledge and understanding the main features of the ECHR and the functioning of the ECHR supervisory mechanism. They can articulate and explain the way in which the ECHR rights are interpreted and applied in practice. They can predict the outcome of designated cases by applying the existing doctrines of the ECtHR.
Students can compare and evaluate the role of the co-existing human rights protection mechanisms within the Council of Europe. They can deduce their strengths and weaknesses.
Students acquire a good knowledge of the role human rights play within the EU. They can articulate and explain how the protection and promotion of human rights affects the integration within the EU and the position of the EU Court of Justice in relation to the other institutions of the EU and its Member States.
Students are able to analyse and evaluate decisions of a human rights body and present comments on these decisions, comparing it with other decisions of the same body or other bodies.
Student are able to relate a situation that is presented to them to the appropriate European human rights standards and can analyse whether or not this situation is in compliance with European human rights law.
Mode of Instruction
Number of lectures/seminars: 18 lectures/seminars. Most seminars take 2 hours each, some are scheduled as double seminars.
Names of lecturers: Prof. R.A. Lawson, Mr. Theo Tsomidis LLM .
Required preparation by students: read the compulsory course materials; prepare questions and cases; prepare group presentations or interventions during a debate; find and analyse additional materials to prepare for such assignments.
Please note that due to public health considerations it may be necessary to adapt the method of examination. Any such changes will be announced well in advance.
Written exam Part I (50% of the final mark).
Oral exam Part II (30% of the final mark).
Joint paper (20% of the final mark).
*This course is mainly based on case-law. No textbooks are prescribed. All reading materials will be indicated on Brightspace and can be freely downloaded from the internet.
- Course reader is made available before the course starts and can downloaded from Brightspace
Recommended course materials
Jacobs, White, Ovey, The European Convention on Human Rights (8th ed., OUP 2021). Relevant chapters should preferably be read in preparation for each class.
Co-ordinator: Mr. Theo Tsomidis LLM
Contact information: Leiden University, Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law
Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Room number C-118
*Tel. +31 71 527 5054
*email: t.m.tsomidis @law.leidenuniv.nl
Institute: Public law
Administration advanced masters: BIO
Mrs. Mahshid Alizadeh (LL.M.): email@example.com
Currently these pages are being updated to reflect the courses for 2022 - 2023. Until these pages are fixed as per 1 September 2022 no rights can be claimed from the information which is currently contained within.
Should there be any future changes of the Covid 19 virus 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 2022 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.