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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in Human Rights (LAWS11395)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe objective of the course is to enable students, primarily through research, presentation, discussion and writing, to acquire a thorough knowledge of the advanced theory and law of human rights protection at the international level and the capacity to critically analyse how the human rights system works in practice. It builds upon the foundations delivered in International Human Rights Law.
Course description The objective of the course is to enable students, primarily through research, presentation, discussion and writing, to acquire a thorough knowledge of the advanced theory and law of human rights protection at the international level and the capacity to critically analyse how the human rights system works in practice. It builds upon the foundations delivered in International Human Rights Law.

Content Covered:
* Introduction and Critical Theory of Rights
* Examination of specific treaties and rights groupings not thoroughly covered in semester 1, such as Women┐s Rights, Children┐s Rights, and Rights of Persons with Disabilities
* Human Rights and Development
* Human Rights and the Environment
* Human Rights and Global Politics
* Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
* Extraterritorial Human Rights Protections
* Global Human Rights Litigation Strategies
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of the principle theories and concepts underpinning human rights law.
  2. A critical awareness of the current issues related to human rights on the micro and macro levels.
  3. A thorough understanding of how human rights law law sits in the broader context of international law.
Reading List
Journal articles will be the primary assigned readings. The following is an indicative list of journal titles, to which the library already holds a subscription:

. American Journal of International Law
. Canadian Human Rights Yearbook
. Columbia Human Rights Law Review
. Harvard Human Rights Journal
. Harvard International Law Journal
. Human Rights Case Digest
. Human Rights Law Review
. Human Rights Quarterly
. European Journal of International Law
. European Journal of International Relations
. International and Comparative Law Quarterly
. International Journal of Constitutional Law
. International Journal of Human Rights
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Students will be able to plan and execute a research project both in a group and individual setting.
2. The development of critical skills.
3. Advanced practical application of the law will be acquired through the course in both group projects and individual research.
4. Individual assessed work will allow the students to exercise personal autonomy and professional delivery of research findings.
5. Advanced critical research and communication skills.
6. Communication of complex legal issues to a range of audiences.
7. Advanced written communication of complex legal issues.
7. Plan and execute a research project utilising practice-relevant materials.
8. Navigate international jurisprudence databases, particularly the UN Human Rights documents databases.
Keywordshuman rights,law,international
Contacts
Course organiserDr Kasey McCall-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 4524
Email: kasey.mccall-smith@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Kevin Duckworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
Email: Kevin.Duckworth@ed.ac.uk
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