Individual research project
Objectives of the course
Following the successful completion of the taught courses of the programme, students are required to submit a thesis on a topic of their choice. It must address and analyse an issue of European and international human rights law and include a comparative element. The latter means it has to engage at least two different human rights law systems or elements thereof. The thesis should show
*the student can conduct academically sound research on a topic in the area of European and international human rights law including a comparative element; more specifically:
the student can design a clear and well-argued research question and an appropriate framework for analysis
the student can corroborate his conclusions in an academically sound way by finding and integrating sufficient, relevant academic materials and by discussing these in a comprehensive and adequate way, including all relevant arguments and points of view
*the student can present the findings of this research in writing in a clear and well-structured way
*the student can investigate and present relatively new and innovative findings; the thesis should not be merely descriptive.
Mode of instruction
In addition to bilateral meetings in the context of the individual supervision of the student by a professor or senior lecturer:
-November: general information meeting on the thesis (discussing matters such as object and purpose within the programme; requirements and assessment; the importance of starting early looking for an appropriate, interesting and feasible subject). Distribution of a list of potential topics for which supervisors are available.
-January-April: thesis workshops to coach students to develop research question and outline.
-Mid/End of April:
-deadline submitting outline + planning to the Programme director / Aacdemic Coordinator for approval
-May/June: writing thesis
-beginning of July: submission of Thesis.
Assessment method(s) and the weighting of each form of assessment towards the final grade
Hardcopy (3x) + via Blackboard (safe submission; including check on plagiarism)
Areas to be tested within the exam
See thesis assessment form.
Co-ordinator: Prof. Titia Loenen
Contact information: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25, Room number B114
Telephone number: +31 71 527 3689
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