This module examines the relationship between human rights law and the criminal justice system. Topics will include:
- The rights of those suspected of committing criminal offences, including an examination of stop and search powers, and the powers of police to question suspects;
- The rights of those facing a criminal trial;
- The rights of prisoners, and how human rights law has impacted upon sentencing and punishment, including a study of the death penalty.
Students will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the need to protect human rights with the need to effectively detect and punish criminal behaviour.