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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title International Human Rights Law
Module Code LG523A
School School of Law & Government

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Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To examine the background to human rights in Western society and the division between civil/political rights and socio-economic and cultural rights. To examine the development of international human rights recognition and enforcement at the close of the 20th century, in particular the emergence of regional enforcement mechanisms and responses to international crime and abuse of power. To examine incidences of human rights abuses, e.g. the rights of women and children, refugees, war crimes and international terrorism.

Learning Outcomes
An appreciation of national, regional and international legal mechanism and procedures of human rights enforcement An understanding of the role of international law in the protection of human rights, the effect of human rights treaties and judicial interpretation of violations of human rights. An appreciation of specific aspects of human rights such as the rights of women and children, refugees, minorities etc.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 51

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Indicative Reading List
7 Alston & Steiner, International Human Rights in Context, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20007 Alston, The future of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 20007 Alston, The EU and Human Rights, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 19997 Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law, 6th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20037 Brownlie, Basic Documents on Human Rights, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20027 Brownlie, The Reality of International Law, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 19997 Cassese, International Criminal Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20037 Cassese, International Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20017 Fawcett, The Application of the European Convention on Human Rights, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 19877 Fitzpatrick, Human Rights Protection for refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons: a guide to international mechanisms and procedures, Transnational Publishers, New York, 20027 Gearty & Tomkins (eds), Understanding Human Rights, Mansell, New York, 1996.7 Hannum, Guide to International Human Rights Practice, 4th ed., Transnational Publishers, New York, 20047 Harris, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2nd ed., Butterworths, London, 20017 McGoldrick, The Human Rights Committee: its role in the development of the ICCPR, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 19947 Merrills, Human Rights In Europe, 4th ed., Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2001 7 Mowbray, Cases and Materials on the ECHR, Butterworths, London, 20017 Mower, The Convention on the Rights of the Child: International Support for Children, Greenwood Press, Westport (Ct), 1997.7 Ovey, The European Convention on Human Rights, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20027 Shute & Hurley (eds.), On Human Rights, Basic Books, New York, 19937 Thornberry, International Law and the Rights of Minorities, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991
Programme or List of Programmes
MIRMA in International Relations