International Human Rights Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode RGMIR51106
Vaknaam International Human Rights Law
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a (blok 1)

Uitgebreide vaknaam International Human Rights Law
Leerdoelen Students will be able to
1) distinguish between the different types of international legal obligations under human rights treaties;
2) differentiate between and compare the various international and regional human rights protection systems, and become familiar with their varying approaches towards human rights;
3) assess and valuate the various procedures through which groups and individuals can submit complaints before international and regional human rights monitoring bodies in order to obtain redress for human rights abuses;
4) evaluate the various ways and circumstances in which governments can limit human rights;
5) be able to recognise, analyse, and formulate the various challenges and continuous developments facing the protection of human rights and how these are dealt with by international and regional human rights systems and bodies;
6) Discuss and appraise the career perspectives in human rights law.
Omschrijving This course examines the basic concepts and theories concerning human rights; the protection of human rights in positive international law, in particular through the work and case law of international human rights bodies such as the Human Rights Committee and the various regional human rights adjudicatory bodies. Lectures will focus on topics such as:
• The conceptual and philosophical background to human rights;
• The development of the universal human rights system including discussions of the different types of human rights monitoring bodies under the United Nations and their procedures to ensure compliance with the human rights obligations of states;
• An overview of the various regional human rights monitoring bodies and recent developments therein;
• The various procedures available to states, individuals, and groups to secure the protection of human rights law at the international and regional level;
• A discussion on the content and scope of a select group of rights under international and regional human rights law and recent developments (f.e. the right to life; the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of association and assembly; and some select social and cultural rights);
• A discussion of various current topics in the field of human rights law including the potential human rights obligations of non-state actors such as international financial institutions and multinational corporations, the human rights of vulnerable groups such as indigenous populations, the problem of dealing with terrorism and human rights, and the discussion about the existence of a right to development and a clean and healthy environment.
• Pespectives on a career in the field of human rights and the need to actively engage in the field.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(14 2-hour lectures (during the course of the block). Attendance compulsory.)
Toetsvorm schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal)
(bonus points to be achieved in the form of a voluntary assignment.)
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator dr. mr. A.G. Hallo de Wolf
Docent(en) dr. mr. A.G. Hallo de Wolf
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Alternative to the van Kempen documents book: International Human Rights Law Documents, Cambridge University Press (available from June 2018 onwards) Urfan Khaliq 9781316614792 ca. €  30,00
Documents and cases made available through a reader at the Klapperwinkel and in Studentportal (Nestor) under Documents
International and regional human rights documents,
Wolf Legal Publishers (softcover, latest edition)
P.H.P.H.M.C. van Kempen 9789058505620 €  39,00
T.M.C. Asser Institute, Elementair Internationaal Recht (most recent edition), available at the Klapperwinkel ca. €  20,00
Textbook: "International Human Rights Law", Oxford University Press, latest edition D. Moeckli, S. Shah, S. Sivakumaram, 9780198767237 ca. €  79,00
  • This course is only accessible for students that have been fully admitted to a master's degree programme within the Faculty of Law.
  • Compulsory: Bachelor course on public international law.
  • This course is not open to non-law exchange students.
Opmerkingen Not accessible for:
  • students who passed the course International Law 5 (Human Rights) before 1-9-07.
  • students who passed the course Human Rights Law before 1-9-11.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme Law 1 semester I a optional
LLM International Human Rights Law 1 semester I a compulsory
LLM Public International Law 1 semester I a compulsory
Open Colleges 1 semester I a keuze