International Human Rights Law (809M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

On this module, you’ll gain advanced knowledge of key approaches and issues in international human rights law. The module will:

  • begin with an assessment of the development of the body of international legislation around human rights that started to develop after World War II
  • reflect on the theoretical critiques (for example liberal, feminist, cultural relativist) that have been addressed to the concept of rights
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of human rights institutions charged with the adjudication and implementation of human rights.

The aim of the module is to prepare you for specialist options on your course as well as for the research you’ll undertake for your dissertation.


20%: Lecture
40%: Practical (Workshop)
40%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.