15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Building on the theoretical issues covered in Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations of International Human Rights Law, this module provides a broad survey of arrangements for protecting human rights at the international level. It examines the key human rights treaties and instruments and the procedures for implementing them in the United Nations, through regional institutions and elsewhere. The effectiveness of adjudicatory and non-adjudicatory systems of supervision are compared and current developments, including the work of international tribunals, are also covered. The roles of non-State actors such as Non-Governmental Organisations and business entities in the human rights sphere are also examined. To show how these arrangements function in practice, claims involving selected rights are examined through case studies.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: The 3,000 word essay will require the student to demonstrate that they have a critical understanding of the subject and also test their ability in argument, analysis and research and writing skills. The essay will require students to undertake in-depth assessments of the effectiveness of international institutions in meetings the aims and objectives of human rights protection.

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