Module code: LAW2088

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce students to the protection of human rights in Europe, with the focus placed on rights protection under European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).  Students should develop a strong, critical understanding of the basic doctrinal concepts, develop the ability to critically analyse relevant case law and engage with scholarly debates relating to the development of rights protection.  The module focuses on selected topics and case-studies, considering provocative moral, legal and political questions involved, and introducing contemporary debates on the future of the European Court of Human Rights.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

O'MEARA Noreen (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Learning Hours: 58

Lecture Hours: 16

Tutorial Hours: 6

Guided Learning: 48

Captured Content: 16

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes -


  • Introduction to the ECHR and European Court of Human Rights, and their evolution.

  • Principles of interpretation (including evolutive interpretation, margin of appreciation, European consensus, and proportionality) and analysis of the role of positive obligations.

  • Key provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, with in-depth analysis of selected substantive rights.

  • Legal and policy issues relating to legitimacy and reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Relationships between UK and the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Revision of topics covered during the module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online 4 HOUR ONLINE EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: their thorough understanding of the Convention system. The formative assessment focuses on selected key doctrines and/or substantive provisions of the ECHR, which are further tested in the summative assessment. The summative assessment tests the learning outcomes, identifying and rewarding students’ analytical skills and demonstration of knowledge.  In formative and summative assessments, students are encouraged to address themes from across the module and demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the ECtHR’s approach to interpretation.

Formative assessment and feedback:

Students will be given the opportunity to complete a short formative assessment.  Feedback will be provided to support students’ development.  Written feedback is provided on formative assessments, and oral feedback is provided in tutorials, in revision lectures and during consultation hours.  Students will get verbal feedback on their performance during the moot court and for participation in the discussions.

Summative Assessment:

Students will complete an online 4 hour summative exam.  The questions will test a variety of topics covered on the module.  This encourages students to engage deeply in a range of topic areas for the assessment, and allows us to test whether students can make connections across the topics in the module.  Questions will be designed to allow students to show that they have understood the basic doctrines and that they can analyse novel problems and issues relating to the protection of human rights in depth.  Students are expected to substantiate claims made by drawing on appropriate evidence.

The assessment method for each module has been selected to test a variety of key skills, competences and outcomes as required by QAA. As such, assessment method cannot be . Reasonable adjustment may be made on application subject to ALS approval AND only where such adjustment still allows for the required skills, key competences and outcomes to be assessed at an equivalent level.

Module aims

  • Provide an understanding of the role of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Provide an understanding of basic doctrinal concepts adopted by the European Court of Human Rights
  • Provide an introduction to selected substantive rights, and their protection under UK law and the Convention.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Adopt a critical, analytical approach to human rights protection under the ECHR KC
002 Critically discuss relevant judgments from (in particular) the European Court of Human Rights, identifying and assessing trends relating to the development of rights protection KCT
003 Critically assess the ECtHR¿s approaches to the interpretation of the ECHR KC
004 Analyse and demonstrate a critical understanding of selected substantive rights KC
005 Critically apply knowledge of the ECHR system of rights protection to solve novel problems in a moot-court scenario KCT
006 Critically apply acquired knowledge to novel problems and hypothetical situations when answering essay questions CPT
007 Critically engage with relevant primary and secondary sources when undertaking independent reading and research KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to complement the programme learning and teaching strategy in fostering knowledge and understanding of substantive topics through a diverse range of teaching methods. As such, students are offered learning and feedback opportunities through lectures, tutorials, online and in consultation hours.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to ensure that students can understand the development of human rights protection, critically analyse relevant case law, and apply acquired knowledge to solve legal problems.  The course will outline the most important concepts of the ECHR which are relevant not only to ECHR law but to other international law modules.

The learning and teaching methods include 22 taught hours (8 x 2 hour lectures and 6 x 1 hour tutorials, including mooting), 4 hours discussion sessions and 2 hours revision discussion (workshops), 48 hours guided study and 58 hours of independent study.

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law (Law and Technology Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Philosophy, Politics and Law Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 2 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 2022/3 academic year.