Comparative Civil and Political Rights

Course NameComparative Civil and Political Rights
Course CodePOS380
DescriptionThis course will look at civil and political rights in both the international and domestic concepts. This course will first focus on international law protections, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and related instruments. However, the majority of the course will focus on comparing the treatment and protection of civil and political rights through constitutional approaches in various jurisdictions. Students will be tasked with researching civil and political rights violations in the different jurisdictions, as well as looking at the mechanisms used to compensate those whose rights were violated, such as reparations and legal cases. By presenting and discussing this research, students will be able to effectively compare and contrast the various approaches, taking historical, cultural, economic and political considerations into account.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Explain, distinguish and apply core concepts and terminology of the law of civil and political rights as used in the key primary (cases and statutes) and secondary sources (books and articles);
– Design, implement and review a range of theoretical approaches to the protection of various civil and political rights in different locations (with an emphasis on variations between cultural, social and economic situations);
– Identify and critically examine in written and oral form a range of perspectives, technological advancements and values that are relevant to the domestic and international laws of civil and political rights;
– Explain and examine whether, and if so, to what extent, the foreign and/or international law of civil and political rights provides coherent predictable consistent guidance to states, courts, lawyers, officials, and citizens.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS