Module code: LAW3084

Module Overview

The module considers the main rules of international promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.  It will address the history, concepts, institutions, procedures, norms and monitoring mechanisms of the international protection of human rights.  It looks into substantive issues within the international human rights system, such as the Right to Life and Freedom from Torture.  It also loos from a thematic perspective, such as  the death penalty, the global war on terror, and the extra-territorial application of human rights.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

LABEDZKA A Dr (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Sources of International Human Rights Law
The role and nature of human rights law
The development of International Human Rights Law
The protection of human rights under international organs such as the United Nations
The protection of human rights under regional and national systems
The monitoring, implementation and enforcement of human rights
Normative Foundation of human rights

(some of these lecture slots below could be workshops to apply some of the issues to scenarios and/or to make presentations, etc): Right to Life, Freedom from Torture 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment address all the learning outcomes listed above.

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the overall operation of international human rights promotion, protection and enforcement, as well as apply the general principles to a thematic area that has been covered in class.  They will be expected to provide a report style assessment which critically evaluates a certain topic, requiring students to demonstrate a holistic understanding to international human rights norms by applying it to a scenario situation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One 3,000 word coursework. Students will have a choice of questions. They can answer one from a choice of questions (3,000) words.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be required to write a 1500 word coursework assessment. General feedback on th activity will also be provided on SurreyLearn

Students will have opportunity to take part in SurreyLearn discussions throughout the module, the module leader will also provide guidance and discussion on this forum and give feedback. Students will receive further feedback and guidance in the seminars and workshop.

Module aims

  • Research and independent study, especially internet research;
  • Communication skills, especially oral presentation;
  • Analytical skills, especially regarding the critical evaluation of International Human Rights Law in its political context;
  • Encourage in-depth and independent learning.
  • Students will be able to address questions such as: What is international law? What are human rights? What are the institutions for the protection of human rights? How are human rights monitored? How are human rights implemented? How are human rights enforced? To what extent does the individual hold rights under international law? Can individuals bring an action under an international treaty? Do regional systems of human rights protection offer more protection than the international system? To what extent has the European Court of Human Rights added to the development of international law? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the UN institutional structures and processes for the enforcement of human rights? Is there a universal concept of human rights?
  • Is it feasible or indeed desirable to have universally recognised human rights?

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate the relationship between public international law and the individual; KCP
002 Critically analyse and evaluate the historical, philosophical, political and social context that governs international human rights law; KCT
003 Critically analyse and evaluate the content of key legal areas, such as substantive and procedural human rights, with a particular ability to critically analyse the content of the such rights in areas where there is tension or a lack of clarity KCT
004 Critically engage with and evaluate the historical, philosophical and social context that affects inter-state relationships and the impact of the globalising environment; CPT
005 Critically engage with the norms of public international law to inter-state relationships; KCP
006 Critically engage in scholarly debate regarding international human rights law including the ability to critically analyse the major tendencies within legal scholarship and the relationship between them KCPT
007 Critically engage with and apply knowledge of the primary and secondary legal authorities to solve complex problems and answer complex essay questions CPT
008 Critically evaluate the sources of human rights, human rights law and the international and regional institutions; KCPT
009 Critically analyse and apply the law and practice of the main international human rights treaties; KC
010 Demonstrate a critical and thorough understanding of the regional systems for the protection of human rights KC
011 Demonstrate a critical understanding of how international human rights law is monitored, implemented and enforced KCP
012 Critically evaluate the implementation and enforcement mechanisms of international human rights law KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Ensure students to develop their critical thinking skills, to extrapolate evidence and use it to provide answers on new/current problems in International Human Rights Law.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures x 11

Tutorials x 6

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.