United Kingdom, London

International Human Rights Law

when 27 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1590

The human rights discourse is powerful and controversial, staking out the limits of state interference in personal life. Human rights laws have played an enormously influential role in protecting the activities of both individuals and groups against infringement by the state, but this protection has been challenged, becoming subject to controversial limitations in recent times.
Covering the key issues of many aspects of the debate in an engaging, timely, and critical manner, and linking in academic work with relevant site visits and suitable supporting media, this module will give you a firm foundation for future study and research.
You’ll gain valuable insight into the most topical and controversial aspects of human rights law within the broader historical and theoretical contexts, become familiar with the main instruments of international human rights law, and learn how to conduct basic legal research in the human rights field. By successfully completing this module, you will become confident in critically analysing whether these interferences or limitations can be justified.

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Target group

Anybody with a general or specific interest in human rights issues and the topics that will be covered would be welcomed on the module regardless of their previous experience in law.

Course aim

By the end of the module you will:
- Understand the main theories underlying the development of human rights law;
- Be familiar with the main instruments of international human rights law;
- Gain an insight into the debate surrounding the controversial issues covered in this course;
- Be able to critically analyse and evaluate future developments in human rights;
- Learn how to conduct basic legal research in the human rights field;
- Possess a firm foundation for future study or research in this field.

Credits info

Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Fee info

GBP 1590: Tuition fee only