International Human Rights Law in Context - LW644

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR S Kendall


LW642 or LW506. Students can take LW644 along side LW642.





The module will examine the evolution, principles, institutions and functions of international human rights law in their political, social and economic contexts. It will provide students with detailed knowledge and understanding of the origins and development of human rights law through critical study and analysis of key theoretical perspectives and debates. The module will enable students to consider the relevance, or otherwise, of international human rights law to historical and/or contemporary challenges and to critically assess its limitations and effects.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One hour lecture and one hour seminar weekly.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of an essay of 3500 words.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Critically review the origins, development and current key debates on human rights in international law drawing on evidence from a range of sources.
2. Critically evaluate the central principles and institutions of international and regional human rights frameworks in the contemporary global, political, economic and social context.
3. Appreciate the limits of international human rights law by applying and analysing different theoretical perspectives and critical concerns.
4. Apply international human rights law to a series of case studies of historical or contemporary concern.

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