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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5362M Comparative Human Rights Law

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ilias Trispiotis

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5330M European Human Rights Law

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module considers the recent trend towards judicially determined rights in a number of selected national jurisdictions by reference to the treatment of key civil, political, social and economic rights. It examines cross border migrations of constitutional courts as well as the influence of international norm setters (UN, HRC) and regional human rights courts and supranational bodies.


The module aims to promote and co-produce advanced knowledge and critical understanding of key materials and central debates in international and comparative human rights law.

The learning activities, which include opportunities for independent research and in-class interactive learning, have been designed to achieve the aims and objectives above.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Describe the main features and functions of a selection of human rights law frameworks in different jurisdictions.
2. Understand the role of the judiciary in interpreting and implementing human rights in a range of constitutional democracies.
3. Identify domestic law problems generated by the actions of international and regional human rights bodies and agencies.
4. Recognise how legal protections for specific rights interact both with each other and with wider constitutional and international law principles.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources 
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, explain and apply your discipline 
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments 
4. Develop advanced communication skills, essential for effective interaction and the dissemination of complex concepts. 


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 05/04/2024


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