International Human Rights Law
Rhedir gan School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Prof Alison Mawhinney
The purpose of the module is to explore the subject of international human rights law from a theoretical and practical perspective guiding students to a rich understanding of the law. It will aim to to offer both a sound exposition of the international human rights legal system and a contextual perspective of the realities in which the law is set and how various actors use it. The intention is to encourage students to go beyond theory and human rights jurisprudence and to reflect on the challenges faced in implementing human rights standards in a complex world.
The module will include but will not be limited to the following topics:
- Development of human rights and international human rights law
- The idea of human rights: theories and critiques
- Sources of international human rights law
- Nature of state obligations and scope of application
- Categories of rights: civil and political rights;economic, social and cultural rights
- Substantive rights: norms and scope
- UN human rights monitoring and protection systems
- Regional human rights treaty systems
As this module is open to MA students as well as LLM students, the content of the course may need to be adjusted according to the legal background of the students in the class in any given year.
A- to A* (70%+)
· Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding of the subject area.
· Demonstrate extensive background study.
· Be well structured and highly focused.
· Contain logically presented and defended arguments.
· Be free of factual/computational errors.
· Include significant elements of original interpretation.
· Demonstrate an ability to identify, develop and present new links between topics.
· Include new approaches to analysing and/or explaining a problem.
· Be presented to very high standards with very accurate communication.
C- to C+ (50-59%)
· Demonstrate knowledge of key areas/principles.
· Have some, if only limited, evidence of background study.
· Be focussed on the question with only some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure.
· Attempt to present relevant and logical arguments.
· Not contain a large number of factual errors.
· Describe major links between topics.
· Attempt to analyse and/or explain problems.
· Be free of major weaknesses in presentation and accuracy.
B- to B+ (60-69%)
· Demonstrate strong knowledge and understanding of most of the subject area.
· Demonstrate evidence of background study.
· Be well structured and focused.
· Contain coherently presented arguments.
· Be mostly free of factual errors.
· Include some elements of original interpretation.
· Describe well known links between topics.
· Analyse and/or explain problems using existing methods/approaches.
· Be presented to high standards with accurate communication.
Develop and employ enhanced research skills and methods of communication to effectively present the complexities of international human rights law to a range of audiences.
Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the development and functioning of the international human rights legal system, including the effectiveness of its monitoring and protection systems at a regional and international level.
Engage effectively with primary legal materials and relevant scholarly literature to critically examine and evaluate decisions of international human rights bodies.
Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the foundational concepts, principles and rules that underlie and structure international human rights law.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theoretical and practical challenges that have faced international human rights law and which it will continue to face.
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Students choose a foundational international/regional human rights judgement and write an accurate yet accessible article aimed at a non-expert audience that presents and critically evaluates that decision.
The essay will require students to research and write an essay which critically analyses a topic in the field of international human rights law.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Individual preparation for seminars and preparation for assignments.
The module will be taught in 11x2hr weekly seminars.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of basic principles, advanced level theories and explore the many traditional and contemporary challenges in International Law. They will receive a balanced education in the relevant law, theory, politics and practice.
- Students will also acquire expertise within the particular programme on which they are enrolled. Careful guidance over optional module choices and close supervision of dissertations will ensure that the students fully develop expertise in the area of interest.
- Students will be taught through a range of methods, balancing theory and practice, and aiming at developing critical thinkers able to respond to the intellectual and professional challenges facing contemporary International Lawyers.
- Students will develop to become critical thinkers able to respond to the intellectual and professional challenges facing contemporary international lawyers.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Materials listed in the seminar reading lists in the syllabus are available online and via the library, including the main textbook. If a new main textbook is required in the future, then consideration will be given to the cost of such a resource when making this decision as well as to its availability as a e-resource.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-4042.html
The main text book is available in hard-copy and electronic form from the library: Bantekas I and Oette L: International Human Rights Law and Practice (CUP).
A reading list for each seminar is provided in the syllabus drawing on materials available via the library catalogue.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Gorfodol mewn cyrsiau:
- M1AT: LLM International Criminal Law & Intl Human Rights Law year 1 (LLM/ICLHR)