LL403E Half Unit
International Human Rights: Concepts, Law and Practice
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Margot Salomon
This course is available on the Executive LLM. This course is not available as an outside option.
Available to Executive LLM students only. This course will be offered on the Executive LLM during the four year degree period. The Department of Law will not offer all Executive LLM courses every year, although some of the more popular courses may be offered in each year, or more than once each year. Please note that whilst it is the Department of Law's intention to offer all Executive LLM courses, its ability to do so will depend on the availability of the staff member in question. For more information please refer to the Department of Law website.
This course is concerned with the international protection and promotion of human rights and its relation to a range of current global problems. The course draws on the international law and practice of human rights to examine how we might best understand the contribution and limitations of human rights to addressing contemporary ills. Through the consideration of a range of standards and thematic issues participants will learn about, and critically analyse, human rights concepts, norms, institutions and actors. The course engages with the ideas and objectives that underpin the post-1945 human rights legal order, the United Nations and regional systems, as well as both the standards of, and challenges to, international human rights. We build on these foundations to examine a variety of current human rights topics and to explore how international law in these areas has developed, is applied, and is deployed. Subjects may include: the prohibition of torture and the war on terror; human rights and water; the right to self-determination; the right to development; land and the rights of indigenous peoples; human rights and sexuality; human rights and extraterritoriality; business and human rights; human rights and resistance; and human rights and poverty.
24-26 hours of contact time.
Students will have the option of producing a formative exam question of 2000 words to be delivered one month from the end of the module’s teaching session by email.
O de Schutter, International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary; F Mégret, ‘The Nature of Obligations’ in D Moeckli, S Shah and S Sivakumaran (eds), International Human Rights Law; Report of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights: Assessing Damage, Urging Action (International Commission of Jurists); ME Salomon, Global Responsibility for Human Rights: World Poverty and the Development of International Law; Maastricht Principles on the Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; A Clapham, Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors; C Clark, 'Of What Use is a Deradicalized Human Right to Water?' 17 Human Rights Law Review 2 (2017); J Kozma, M Nowak and M Scheinin, A World Court of Human Rights – Consolidated Draft Statute and Commentary.
Assessment path 1
Essay (100%, 8000 words).
Assessment path 2
Take home exam (100%).
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Controlled access 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Specialist skills