QLLM327 European Union Human Rights Law (Sem 2)
This module concerns the legal mechanisms for protecting human rights at the level of the European Union. Following a brief introduction to the fundamental differences between the EU and the Council of Europe/European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by discussing the basic misconceptions found in media, the historical origins and the development of EU fundamental rights. Subsequently, the structure, nature, and legal effects of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will be examined in detail as well as the enforcement of Charter rights both before the courts of the EU and Member State courts. The last part of this module focuses on the most controversial and complex issues in the context of EU fundamental rights law, namely their relationship with international law (in particular anti-terrorism law and United Nations Security Council resolutions) and the EU's planned accession to the ECHR. Problem questions will be solved by using CJEU case law and discussing academic articles in this field.
Mode of Assessment
2 x 2,500 word course essays