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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5330M European Human Rights

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ilias Trispiotis

Taught: 1 Apr to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

This is a Law module, therefore some background knowledge in law would be of an advantage.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

From an analysis of different rights, for example, life, expression, privacy and assembly, this module will consider their protection in European and domestic law, with reference, where appropriate, to EU law, the UN International Covenant, and the ECHR.


At the end of this module, a student should be able to:
- identify and use the sources of European Human Rights Law, especially in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights;
- describe and evaluate the relevance and impact of this law in protecting human rights;
- evaluate the practical use of human rights concepts within both a European and a UK context;
- assess the potential contribution of the ECHR to the development of a 'European public law'.


- The relevant rules of public international law.
- The 'global' system of human rights protection: the UN International Covenant and its Human Rights Committee.
- The 'regional' system of human rights protection and an assessment of the role of regional systems, including the European Convention on Human Rights, in an overall framework.
- The European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols.
- Its history and institutional framework within the Council of Europe; the role and case law of the Commission and the Court; key principles of its jurisprudence and an assessment of its achievements so far.
- The relationship of the ECHR to national law, especially its use by national courts; in the context of the UK, proposals for the domestic incorporation of the ECHR.
- The ECHR and EU law: existing case law; the impact of the TEU provisions on human rights; EU accession to the ECHR.
- An evaluation of the function of the ECHR as offering fundamental general principles of law within the EU.
- The concept of a European public law and the contribution of the ECHR to such a concept.
- Practical application of the ECHR: case study and mock 'Strasbourg' hearing before the European Commission of Human Rights.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through student attendance and performance in seminars.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/01/2021 12:49:46


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