Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM670: European Convention on Human Rights

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Ana Beduschi (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module focuses on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR sets the basis of the most advanced and complex regional system of protection of human rights in the world. The exceptional development of this system relies to a large extent on the judicial activism shown by the European Court of Human Rights. 

In this module you will learn how the European Court of Human Rights responds to the challenges posed by contemporary societal issues such as (but not limited to) the fight against terrorism, the protection of privacy and personal data in the digital age, the detention of migrants and asylum-seekers, and the protection of the freedom of expression.

Accordingly, this module will provide you with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to examine critically the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights and its methods of interpretation. It will also give you the opportunity to assess critically the main developments of the protection of human rights at the European level vis-à-vis the domestic application of the core provisions of the ECHR.

Given the diversity of the areas covered by the protection of human rights by the ECHR, this module is also suitable for students with various backgrounds in public or private law. Knowledge of human rights law is a strong and desirable asset for students wishing to pursue a career in the private sector (e.g. human rights litigation), NGO sector (e.g. human rights workers), and public sector alike.

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