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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title European and International Human Rights Law
Module Code LG523
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Federico Fabbrini
Semester 2: Federico Fabbrini
Autumn: Federico Fabbrini
Module TeachersIain McMenamin
James Gallen
Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Federico Fabbrini
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the European & International systems for the protection of human rights. The module will examine the European human rights architecture in a comparative perspective, considering the challenges that arise from the overlap between national, European Union (EU) and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) norms. It will focus on a number of specific examples, including the right to privacy, the right to due process, the right to vote, the right to strike and the right to abortion.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Understand the architecture for the protection of fundamental rights in Europe in a global perspective, also with reference to other human rights regimes;
2.  Identify the core challenges that arise from the overlap between national, EU, and ECHR norms in the field of human rights;
3.  Evaluate the practical functioning of the European and international human rights system through the analysis of case studies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hour lecture. Class discussion expected
Independent Study226Research, Reading, Completing Assignment, Exam Preparation
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: The Right to Privacy

Session 3: Challenges: Brexit

Session 4: Challenges: Rule of Law Crisis

Session 5: Human Rights: EU and ECHR

Session 6: Human Rights: EU and National Constitutions

Session 7: The Right to Due Process

Session 8: The Right to Vote

Session 9: The Right to Strike

Session 10: The Right to Abortion

Session 11: Conclusion

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Federico Fabbrini: 2014, Fundamental Rights in Europe, Oxford University Press,
Other Resources

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SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)
Date of Last Revision25-JAN-12

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