International Protection of Human Rights


Higher postgraduate course, second semester, one three hour seminar a week. The course is limited to 15 students.

Course convener(s): Associate Professor Waheeda Amien

Course outline: This is a seminar and research based course, which aims to encourage engagement with questions and issues that arise within the context of international human rights law. In particular, the course aims to provide an understanding of the international and regional frameworks that seek to protect and promote human rights. This includes a consideration of the mechanisms that have been established to realise protection of human rights at the international and regional levels.

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 class seminars, completion of a 5000 word research paper and a seminar presentation based on the research paper.

Assessment: Class attendance and participation counts 20%; research paper counts 50%; seminar presentation based on the research paper counts 30%.