International Human Rights: Law, Theory & Practice module (LW52022)

Examine laws, theories, and institutions for the protection of human rights. Also, examine factors affecting their practical implementation and effectiveness.

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Human rights laws describe fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. It also describes the corresponding duties and responsibilities of states and other actors.

This module examines the law, theory, institutions, and procedures for the promotion and protection of human rights. It does so at international and regional levels, as well as looking at their implementation and effectiveness in practice. The module further addresses civil, political, economic, and social rights.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • examine the law, theory, institutions, and procedures relating to the promotion and protection of human rights
  • consider the historical origins and context of international and regional systems of human rights protection and their legal basis
  • learn about issues of implementation, effectiveness, compliance, and emerging issues. These include the right to water and business and human rights

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • locate, understand, and analyse international and regional primary human rights materials
  • critically assess and evaluate arguments and data relating to international and regional human rights systems

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework
  • formative coursework

Teaching methods / timetable

  • student-led seminars based on prior reading


This module is available on following courses: