- To introduce students to the human rights architecture of the European space: students will be introduced to fundamental rights in the European Union, to human rights within the Council of Europe, to the inter-relation between the two systems and between these systems and the national level
- To introduce students to the system and substance of the European Convention on Human Rights
- To introduce students to the history, structure and substance of fundamenal rights protection in the European Union
- To consider human rights protection in the context of some pressing contemporary topics, such as terrorism, the economic crisis and immigration
- To ensure that students are familiar with and able to 'read' case-law from the European Court of Justice and the European Convention on Human Rights
More information on the course and on the content of each class will be available via the course. This coursebook will be available via Blackboard well in advance of the start of the course. Students will be expected to have downloaded the coursebook and to have studied it prior to the start of the course. Students are expected to come to each class and participate actively. The course uses weekly assignments, to be submitted prior to each class. These assignments will be discussed in class . Two of them will be randomly selected and their evaluation will constitute 25% of the overall grade.
Students are expected to have a solid understanding and knowledge of the foundations of EU law and the institutional structure of the EU. This is not a course for beginners to EU law.
The course consists of two key parts: the first is an introduction to human rights protection under the Council of Europe - a regional organisation governed by international law. Here we will focus on the European Convention on Human Rights. The second part of the course focuses on fundamental rights protection in the sui generic entity that is the European Union. Here, fundamental rights are governed by EU law. Although this course is composed of two halves, the intersections between these two systems of rights protection, and their interaction with the national level, form a key element of this course. We will consider the extent to which it is possible to speak of a common European architecture of human rights protection. Part one on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) will introduce students to the architecture and machinery of the Convention process; to a number of the substantive rights contained in the Convention; and to the reasoning that the Court uses in deciding cases. Part two on fundamental rights protection in the EU will examine firstly the history and sources of fundamental rights protection, and the mechanisms of fundamental rights protection. The second theme concerns the substance of the rights, which will be examined through the lenses of economic integration and the fight against terrorism. The third theme concerns the inter-relations between the EU and the ECHR, in particular the requirement that the EU accede to the ECHR. Each part of the course consist of 5 lectures and 1 intense study group; the latter will concern the in-depth study of a single case.
Type of instructions
Written Exam (75 % of the overall grade) + Assignments (two assignments will be randomly selected and their evaluation will constitute the 25 % of the overall grade).
Type of exams
Resit is worth 100% of the overall grade.