EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAW - 2023/4
Module code: LAW2088
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.
School of Law
O'MEARA Noreen (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: M120
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
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination Online||4 HOUR ONLINE EXAM||100|
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.
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.
- 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.
|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|
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
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