LAWSG030 International Human Rights Law
|LAWSG030: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Other Teachers:||Luis Viveros;
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly lectures, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in International Law;
LLM in Human Rights Law
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Students may submit an answer to a past exam question to obtain feedback|
|Final Assessment:||One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
This module provides a general survey of the sources and theory of human rights law and the procedural and institutional infrastructure of human rights protection; as well as a focused examination of human rights in a particular context. Part I, or the ‘general’ part, covers the historical evolution of human rights law, its sources, the various systems for the protection of human rights (universal and regional), and explores the theory of human rights law as a body of international law. The ‘focused’ part, Part II (in Term 2), explores the relationship between human rights and national security. It discusses very topical issues like the extraterritorial application of human rights obligations, the conflict (if any) between human rights obligations and the obligation to implement Security Council ‘counter-terrorist’ sanctions, the relationship between international human rights law and international humanitarian law (the law that applies to armed conflicts), and substantive rights like the right to life, the right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture.
Part I – HR in Theory and Practice
Part II – Human Rights and National Security
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
Students who have not taken any general module in Public International Law before are strongly advised to read a general textbook in advance of commencing the course. A concise and elegant textbook is Vaughan Lowe, International Law (Oxford UP 2007).
Other students may wish to a look at relevant entries in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford UP, available online [subscription or institutional access required] at www.mpepil.com).