LLM International Human Rights Law

Module leader: Dr Hakeem Yusuf

Teaching and assessment (2017-18): Semester 1, 1 x 6,000 word essay

Module description:

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the protection of human rights in international law. The module will focus in particular on the challenges facing the international legal system in securing respect for and effective implementation of normative human rights standards. Thus the module will explore why securing effective protection of human rights through the international legal system is so difficult. The various international mechanisms for the protection of human rights will be considered, with a particular emphasis on the political, social, cultural and economic constraints operating upon those systems. The various ideological, legal and structural difficulties identified will be further explored through the examination of particular human rights problems facing the contemporary world.

There is no recommended textbook for this module. Reading lists and associated materials will be provided before each seminar. It is however recommended that students purchase a copy of Bisset (ed), Blackstone’s Statutes on International Human Rights Documents (make sure you purchase the latest edition). Students will be able to take unannotated copies into the examination.

Seminar topics:

  • An Introduction to the Idea of Human Rights and International Human Rights Law: Universalism and Cultural Diversity
  • Human Rights in the International Legal System
  • Civil and Political Rights
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Human Rights in Africa
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Human Rights and Gender
  • Transnational Corporations, Human Rights and Accountability
  • The Future of International Human Rights Law

NB Individual topics may vary depending upon issues of current interest.