Human Rights and English Law - LW509

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) MS S Lewis-Anthony







This module seeks to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the
law relating to human rights, including a grounding in the historical development and political philosophy of human
rights law; to provide a detailed grasp of the current protection of human rights in English law, with particular
reference to the Human Rights Act 1998 and European Convention on Human Rights; and to promote a critical
discussion about the nature, function and effects of human rights as they are, or might be, expressed in English law.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

2 hours weekly (1 lecture and 1 seminar) for 20 weeks

Method of assessment

80% written examination and 20% coursework consisting of 1 essay.

Indicative reading

JG Riddall Jurisprudence (Butterworths, 2nd edn, 1999)
The Levellers The Putney Debates (Geoffrey Robertson, introduction) (Verso, 2007)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will be able to:
- demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of the relationship between human rights and English law including both the historical development of, and contemporary claims and contestations involving human rights in the context of both international and domestic law
- critically evaluate those claims and contestations and reach reasoned judgments including the identification of a solution or a range of solutions to conflicting interests, in particular those arising from the operation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998
- demonstrate an awareness of the legal and political consequences of framing social and political issues in terms of human rights
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate and deploy a broad range of legal, political and philosophical authorities to support and underpin their conclusions
- engage in a critical discussion of the nature, function and effects of human rights as they have been, are, ought to and/or might be expressed in English law
- undertake such demonstrations, critical evaluations and engagements in the context of rights and freedoms including, but not limited to the right to life, the right to liberty of the person, privacy, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression

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