|Assessment length / details
|Module Assessment Written Assignment of 5,000 words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the justification for the international legal protection of human rights.
2. Display knowledge of the international legal and institutional frameworks for the protection of human rights.
3. Assess and explain the operation of the different mechanisms for the protection of human rights and evaluate their effectiveness.
4. Conduct research and find legal solutions related to the protection of international human rights.
5. Situate human rights issues in the broad context of international and national law.
6. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills and apply them to concrete cases and situations.
The module will provide a general overview of the most relevant issues concerning the international protection of human rights. These will include the international and universal approach to the definition and protection of human rights, and the implications for states, groups and individuals. The module will focus on the international law related to human rights, in particular the International Bill of Human Rights. The role of the United Nations and relevant regional organizations will be discussed, as well as the main mechanisms available at international and regional level, such as international courts and other mechanisms. The role of Non-Governmental Organizations will also be considered.
1. The universality/relativism of human rights. The justification of international human rights protection and its implications for states, groups and individuals.
SECTION 2: SUBSTANTIVE LAW
2. The legal structures for the protection of human rights: universal and regional systems and their characteristics.
3. The United Nations and the Bill of Human Rights: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
4. The interpretation of selected rights from the ICCPR and ICESCR.
SECTION 3: INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION AND INSTITUTIONS
5. The United Nations system: the Human Rights Council and the specialized bodies.
6. Regional organizations, institutions and mechanisms.
7. International tribunals, courts and other mechanisms (e.g. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions).
8. Non-Governmental Organizations and domestic measures for the protection of human rights, and their relationship with the international system.
This module is at CQFW Level 7