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This course will enable students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the theory and the law of human rights protection in Europe through the workings of both the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the EUís Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as the relationship between both systems. The course includes an introduction to the ECHR and the European Court of Human Rights with a particular emphasis on the methods of interpretation used by the Court. Students will additionally study selected substantive areas of the law of the ECHR before embarking on a study of fundamental rights protection in the European Union. In that part of the course, students will engage with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and learn to appreciate the differences between the two fundamental rights regimes.
By the end of the course, students should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the main institutions and instruments of human rights protection in Europe, with a specific emphasis on the European Convention of Human Rights and the Courtís case law, the system of fundamental rights protection in the European Union and the interaction between the two. Students should also have developed critical analytical skills as well as improved skills in the presentation of reasoned argument both orally and in written work through engaging with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the issues which emerge from the Courtís role in protecting human rights in Europe.
Any aspect of this module may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.