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Course Overview

The course was designed to help students build competence in dealing with the doctrinal issues about international human rights. It involves understanding the place of human rights in public international law, finding one’s way around the foundational human rights documents and the jurisprudence of human rights bodies. The course delivery puts heavy emphasis on classroom discussion on the controversial issues on contemporary human rights law that shape doctrinal development in this field: the justifiability of torture, the limits of freedom of religion, the justiciability of social rights, etc

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mátyás Bodig

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers the following themes: 1. The Idea of International Human Rights Law and the Universality of Human Rights; 2. Enforcement Mechanisms in International Human Rights Law; 3. Civil and Political Rights I (Freedom from Torture); 4. Civil and Political Rights II (Freedom of Religion); 5. Economic and Social Rights I (State Obligations); 6. Economic and Social Rights II (The Justiciability of Social Rights); 7. Peoples’ Rights: The Right to Self-Determination.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt: 70% 3-hour examination; 30% continuous assessment (3.000 word essay on topical issues in international human rights law) Re-sit Attempt: 3 hour examination.

Resit: 100% 3 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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