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QLLM478 International Human Rights Law 1 (Sem 1)

International Human Rights Law I explores the historical, conceptual, theoretical and institutional foundations of the post-WW2 framework for international human rights law protection. It is meant as a general introduction to the more concrete issues explored in International Human Rights Law II. The module will be divided in two parts. The first part takes a more 'contextual' approach. It explores the historical development of the idea of international human rights and of contemporary human rights institutions, as well as the main theories and critiques of international human rights. The second part focuses on the institutional and legal dimensions of contemporary international human rights regimes. It explores the main international human rights treaties and institutions, both universal and regional, and unpacks and analyses the main legal concepts, principles and rules that underpin contemporary systems of international human rights protection. The module will also explore the possible future of international human rights law regimes and institutions in the light of contemporary challenges to structures of global governance. Students should note that an understanding of public international law is recommended though not essential for students taking in this module.



Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • LLM in Legal Theory
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay


22.5 credits

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