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Unit information: International Law and Human Rights in 2021/22

Unit name International Law and Human Rights
Unit code LAWDM0123
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Rooney
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

The first object of this unit is to introduce students to the range of mechanisms operating at the global (UN) level and regional level (excluding the European Convention on Human Rights) that aim at the protection of human rights. The second object is to examine a number of substantive rights, such as prohibition of torture, sexual orientation and collective rights, which shed light on the interrelationships between the various institutions and mechanisms.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to explain:

  1. the principles of international human rights law;
  2. the institutional structure of international human rights law, the law-making and decision-making processes; and, in particular, the United Nations charter and treaty body mechanisms, the Inter-American, Asian and African human rights systems
  3. national human rights institutions and NGOs;
  4. specific themes relating to international human rights law including prevention of torture, sexual orientation and collective rights.

Students should be able to state the law accurately, to apply legal principles to problem case scenarios, and to think critically about ways in which the law could be reformed. The coursework aims to test a range of skills: researching information on a particular state;legal brief;an essay type question.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

2 x summative assessments: 2x coursework with a specified word count (50% each)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

1. Bantekas & Oette, International Law and Human Rights (CUP 2016)

2. De Schutter, International Human Rights Law. Cases, Materials and Commentary (CUP 2014)

3. Steiner, Alston and Goodman, International Human Rights in Context (OUP 2013). Excellent source and reference work but can be a little difficult to use if new to subject.

4. Rehman, International Human Rights (Longman Pearson, 2010). Provides a useful general overview but not sufficient on its own. Also, a bit out of date.

5. Moeckli, International Human Rights Law, OUP, 2014. A good introduction but rather general. Again, you need to look at other things beyond this.

6. C Tomuschat, Human Rights. Between Idealism and Realism, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2008

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