International Human Rights
Course code
AKJ6293.YK
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvahelised inimõigused
Course title in English
International Human Rights
ECTS credits
3.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
24
Teaching semester
autumn
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The goal of this course is to give an overview of the main systems for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in today’s world. Main international agreements and instruments in this field will be explored as well. The main focus of the course is upon the human rights protection mechanisms in Europe.
In particular, the aims of this course are:
¤ to learn about the existence and nature of international human rights norms, their sources and their relationship to the laws of domestic legal systems;
¤ to give an overview of the practical issues associated with the enforcement of human rights: jurisdiction and sovereignty;
¤ to broaden the students’ worldview, their understanding about what is happening in their society regarding processes related to human rights and their enforcement;
¤ to give the students a knowledge of the basic terminology used in the field of international human rights;
¤ to gain practical skills in the use and application of human rights norms through the study of cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights and other international tribunals.

Brief description of the course
The main emphasis is on the formulation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the European legal space, whereas it is also important to provide comparative perspective with approaches in Asia, South-America and Africa. The course will provide a detailed analysis of the human rights and fundamental freedoms according to the structure of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and will analyze respective case law.
Independent work
Compulsory reading assignments including case briefs, legislation and scholarly articles to be read before lectures and seminars, as assigned by the lecturer and detailed in the course program.
Other tasks may include case analysis, written seminar papers, presentations, independent or group work as detailed in the course program.

Learning outcomes in the course
After a successful completion of the course, a student:
¤ will know the main international documents regarding the protection of human rights – including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and European Charter of Fundamental Rights;
¤ will know the main categories of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
¤ will know the working principles of international courts providing human rights protection;
¤ will know Terminology and concepts of the respective field;
¤ will be able to Apply the knowledge obtained to resolve concrete cases;
¤ will be able to find from open databases applicable international courts’ judgments and conduct their analysis.
Assessment methods
Written exam.
Other methods as detailed by the lecturer in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.

Teacher
Mart Susi
Study literature
European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and its Protocols – available online www.echr.coe.int
European Charter of Fundamental Rights available online ec.europa.eu
Cases of the European Court of Human Rights assigned at each class – available through www.echr.coe.int
When assigning the cases it is taken into consideration that the required texts amount to 640 pages.

kohustuslik kirjandus Kirjanduse läbitöötamine 1 EAP=ca 160 lehekülge, 3 EAP x 160 = 480 lk
1. Euroopa Inimõiguste Konventsioon
2. Euroopa Liidu Põhiõiguste Harta
3. Euroopa Inimõiguste Kohtu kaasused HUDOC andmebaasis – kättesaadavad aadressil http://www.echr.coe.int , õppejõu määratud mahus.
Replacement literature
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rhona K. Smith, International Human Rights, Oxford University Press 2007

Kohustuslikule kirjandusele lisaks:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rhona K. Smith, International Human Rights, Oxford University Press 2007