LL4AX      Half Unit
Selected Topics in International Human Rights Law

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Margot Salomon NAB 6.16


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Human Rights and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is part of the following LLM specialisms: Public International Law, Human Rights Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.



Course content

This course explores the contribution and limits of international human rights law through a range of contemporary topics. We consider international human rights law and such issues as water, property, sexuality, extraterritoriality, and indigenous rights to land and resources. We also investigate overarching topics of relevance incluing human rights as resistance, the fragmentation of international law, and current developments at international human rights institutions. Through the study of relevant concepts, norms, processes and debates, students are encouraged to develop an informed and critical assessment of the significance of international human rights law as a force for emancipatory change.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be provided for each seminar on Moodle. Readings may include: O de Schutter, International Human Rights Law: Cases, Material and Commentary; P Mecklem, Human Rights in International Law: Three Generations or One? 3 London Review of International Law 1 (2015); C Clark,'Of What Use is a Deradicalized Human Right to Water?' 17 Human Rights Law Review 2 ( 2017); W Schabas, 'The Omission of the Right to Property in the International Covenants' 4 Hague Yearbook of International Law (1991); J Kozma, M Nowak and M Scheinin, A World Court of Human Rights - Consolidated Draft Statute and Commentary (Neuer Wissenschaflicher Verlag, 2010)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 24

Average class size 2018/19: 24

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills