Postgraduate Module Descriptor


LAWM670: European Convention On Human Rights

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This course aims at critically assessing the European Court of Human Rights case law and the principles that underlie its jurisprudence. The approach is case-based, discursive and practical. The module aims to enable you to understand in detail the European system of protection of human rights. One of the main objectives of this module is to give you the opportunity to critically evaluate the core provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights as they are interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights. The module also aims to give you the opportunity to appreciate the practical implications the European Convention has in domestic law and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate deep and systematic knowledge and understanding of the legal principles and the core provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights;
2. Undertake complex critical evaluation of the main legal rules, theories and concepts laid down by the case law of the European Court of Human Rights;
3. Identify, explain and assess key issues in the protection of human rights at the European level and evaluate their impact in national law;
4. Demonstrate deep and comprehensive knowledge of the individual complaints procedure of the European Court of Human Rights;
5. Identify, explain and evaluate legal problems under the European Convention on Human Rights and critically relate these to the emerging regime of international human rights law;
Discipline-Specific Skills6. Demonstrate detailed and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, principles, institutions and procedures and the ability to evaluate systematically the relationships among them;
7. Demonstrate deep and systematic knowledge and understanding of general principles of law and critical awareness of their contextual and political implications;
8. Integrate and assess complex information from European and domestic legal sources, using appropriate interpretative techniques;
Personal and Key Skills9. Communicate and engage in debate effectively, confidently and autonomously, orally and in writing, in a range of complex and specialised contexts; and
10. Work independently and effectively, and manage time efficiently in preparing for scheduled learning activities, exercises and assessments.