LW3IHR-International Human Rights Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LW2SHR International Human Rights Law (Summer Course)
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Katja Samuel

Email: k.l.samuel@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

•To provide students with a core knowledge of the principal treaties, conventions and resolutions concluded under the auspices of the UN.
• To introduce students to the enforcement and implementation measures of the various treaties controlled by the treaty-monitoring bodies.
• To explore the interface between international law, international human rights law and international criminal law.
• To draw attention to the impact of international human rights law obligations on internal domestic law.
• To equip students with the facilities to examine human rights violations in their own countries

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, the student should be able:
• To work with the major international human rights instruments and conventions.
• To compare and contrast the different techniques for enforcement of international human rights law.
• To explain the functioning and jurisprudence of some of the major UN treaty-monitoring bodies.
• To apply critical perspectives to international human rights law.
• To appreciate the nature and scale of the efforts to protect human rights at the international level.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student’s effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases.

Specific skills which students will be encouraged to acquire through this unit relate to the development of research skills and the ability to synthesise, criticise and evolve a sustained and independent argument in that students are required to write a substantial non-assessed essay involving critical consideration of legal, political and socio-economic issues on which there will be no formal teaching.

Outline content:
• Introduction and Origins of the United Nations Human Rights Programme.
• The United Nations Charter and the Institutional Framework of the Human Rights Organs.
• The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.
• The International Covenants 1966.
• The United Nations Human Rights Complaints Procedure.
• The Prosecution of the Most Serious Human Rights Violations.
• Appraisal and Future Prospects.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There are two or three lectures per week in the Autumn Term and five tutorial supervisions in the Spring Term. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials, in which there is a group discussion of assigned questions. One non-assessed essay will also be set.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75 95
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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