International Protection of Human Rights

Course NameInternational Protection of Human Rights
Course CodeLEG295
DescriptionThis course concerns the protection afforded to individuals under international law and examines fundamental concepts, principles, theories and philosophies underpinning the law of international human rights, as well as the mechanisms installing/enforcing and monitoring these rights. The first part of the module aims to impart an understanding of the context in which international human rights laws operate and to understand that their nature is not uncontested. The second part of the module aims to scrutinize the manner in which rights are protected and the institutions and machinery that has been established at the United Nations level to that end. The third part of the module examines a number of key issues and rights, such as the rights of women, child torture and the extent and limits of effectively realizing such rights in the broader context studied earlier.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Explain and analyze the mechanisms and machinery by which rights are protected within the UN system and by certain universal and regional human rights treaties;
– Demonstrate understanding of the legal, moral, political and economic context of the module;
– Comprehend the distinction between ‘universalism’ and ‘cultural relativism’ and the implications for understanding this field of law;
– Apply their knowledge to analyze complex legal questions;
– Critique a range of legal materials and arguments;
– Analyze concrete cases of human rights violations and suggest their solutions;
– Demonstrate effective presentation and discussion skills;
– Discuss possibilities of further development of human rights in the context of changing international relations.
SchoolJohn H. Carey II School of Law
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS