International Human Rights Law

Module code: 809M3
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Portfolio

This core module will provide you with advanced knowledge about key approaches and issues in international human rights law. It's focused on the interplay between human rights law at the domestic, regional and international levels.

We begin by assessing the development of the body of international legislation around human rights that started to form after World War II. 

You go on to reflect upon the theoretical critiques (e.g. liberal, feminist, cultural relativist) that have been addressed to the concept of rights. We will also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of human rights institutions charged with the adjudication and implementation of human rights.

The aim of this module is to prepare you for specialist optional modules in the Spring Term, as well as for dissertation research.

Module learning outcomes

  • assess and critically evaluate the interplay between the domestic, regional and international levels of human rights protection.
  • use a variety of theoretical concepts and analytical tools to critically evaluate the concept of human rights.
  • discuss and critically apply key approaches in international human rights.
  • critically appraise contemporary issues in international human rights.
  • demonstrate the research, analytical and legal skills required to evaluate international human rights law through a piece of independent research.