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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

Qualification Prerequisites


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?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

- General Introduction to International Human Rights Law – The Universality of Human Rights - Enforcement Mechanisms in International Human Rights Law - Civil and Political Rights I (Torture) - Civil and Political Rights II (Freedom of Religion) - Economic and Social Rights I (The Issue of the Justiciability of Economic and Social Rights) - Economic and Social Rights II (Human Rights and the Issue of Poverty) – Peoples’ Rights (Right to Self-Determination)

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc International Relations and International Law
  • MSc Strategic Studies and International Law
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Contact Teaching Time

24 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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.

Formative Assessment




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