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International Protection of Human Rights


Higher postgraduate course, second semester, one three hour seminar a week.

Course convener(s): Associate Professor Waheeda Amien

Course outline:
The aim of the course is, on one hand, to provide a solid understanding of the international rules and principles that are aimed at protecting human rights, as well as the structures and methods that have been established to realise this protection. On the other hand, the course aims to encourage inquiry into and discussion of the questions that arise within this context.

The course covers:

  1. The jurisprudential and philosophical bases of human rights in international law.
  2. The institutional context of international human rights: this section will cover the various institutions through which human rights are protected in the international community.
  3. International human rights standards and standard setting.
  4. The implementation of human rights standards.
  5. Specific topics in international human rights law.

DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance at and participation in seminars and completion of written assignment and seminar presentation.

Assessment: Class attendance and participation counts 10%; written assignments counts 60%; seminar presentation based on written assignment counts 30%.