Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM671: International Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Christine Bicknell (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module focuses on the various ways in which international law has responded since 1945 to the challenges posed by such violations and to the calls for the universal protection of human rights. The module has been designed with future practitioners and academics in mind. It will introduce you to, and provide a critical analysis of, the legal regime of promotion and protection of human rights at the international level. You will become equipped with an understanding of the various mechanisms operating at the international level to protect and address human abuses. In addition, we will explore the role of key actors who engage at this level, including states, NGOs, and national human rights institutions, and the role they play particularly in respect of implementation.  Overall, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the rules, institutions, and processes of international human rights law as well as the ability to identify the gaps, opportunities, and challenges present in the contemporary international and regional human rights systems.

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