nl en

Privatissimum: European and International Human Rights Law in Comparative Perspective


Admission requirements

Master degree


The Privatissimum is a condensed, practical course. It is directed at making students research specific elements of the various human rights systems explored in the first two courses of the advanced master European and International Human Rights Law that lend themselves for a fruitful comparison. Differences and similarities; strong and weak aspects; overlap and (potential) interaction between different human rights mechanisms will be explored, keeping in mind the specific social, political and legal settings in which they operate.
Students have to get quickly acquainted with a specific human rights issue and how it is dealt with under different human rights mechanisms, look for relevant materials on the topic and write and present short papers on their findings.

Course objectives *train students in conducting comparative research on different human rights systems *increase their understanding of the working, overlap and (potential) interaction of different human rights mechanisms by having them delve into several concrete human rights issues in a comparative perspective *train students in finding relevant, academically sound information concerning human rights law issues and putting their findings in writing in a short time span *making students better aware of the type of research that will be needed for the final thesis.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)
Assessment method(s) and the weighting of each form of assessment towards the final grade

  • 3 group papers and presentations in conference type seminars: 45%

  • individual paper: 55%

Submission procedures
-group papers hardcopy and/or via email
-individual paper via Blackboard (safe submission procedure; including plagiarism check)

Areas to be tested within the exam
See above.

Contact information
Course Co-ordinator: Prof. T. Loenen
Work address: Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Steenschuur 25, Room B.1.14
Email: m.l.p.loenen@law,