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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module LAW53530: Protection of Human Rights in Europe

Department: Law

LAW53530: Protection of Human Rights in Europe

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to develop an understanding of the development of the substantive rights under the European Convention on Human Rights by the interpretative techniques of the European Court of Human Rights;
  • to consider other provsions for the protection of human rights in Europe under the ECPT, ESC and within the EU.


  • the syllabus covers the following matters, in addition to matters raised by the students in the papers that they will present in the second term:
  • the procedures of the ECHR, ECPT, ESC and EU for the protection of human rights;
  • a study of several rights under the ECHR, ESC and EU.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • By analysis of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, focusing on its interpretative techniques as well as its substantive decisions.
    • By obtaining an understanding of the procedures of the principal institutions and an understanding of why they take the form they do.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Seminars 15 Weekly, with reading weeks 2 30
    Preparation and Reading 270
    Total 300

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Essay Component Weighting: 40%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Essay 4000 word 100%
    Component: Unseen Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Unseen Written Examination 2 hours 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    One assignment of 2,000 or 3,000 words in Michaelmas Term.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University