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Module Title
International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights law, human rights protection, United Nations, regional human rights systems

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedJanuary 2007
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the knowledge and ability to critically analyse contemporary issues in human rights law within the regional and international protection systems.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Discuss and critically evaluate the fundamental concepts, principles and theories underlying international human rights law.
2. Analyse and determine the current scope of selected substantive human rights.
3. Critically discuss and debate international and regional human rights enforcement mechanisms.
4. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary international human rights regime.

Indicative Module Content

A contemporary perspective of international and regional human rights laws involving human rights and freedoms, with particular emphasis on torture, right to fair trial, right to life, non-discrimination and equality, and refugee rights, as analysed through the lens of current events.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and seminar based module. Lectures provide core module content. Seminars develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4
Component 2 1,2,3,4

Oral and written coursework exercise worth 30% of the module grade(C1)

Written coursework exercise worth 70% of the module grade.(C2)

Indicative Bibliography

1.GHANDI, P.R., 2012. International human rights documents. 8th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Blackstone's Statutes series)
2.REHMAN, J., 2010. International human rights law. 2nd ed. London: Longman.
3.STEINER, H. and ALSTON, P., 2008. International human rights in context: law, politics, morals. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4.WALLACE, R.M.M., 2012. International law. 7th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.

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