Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
International Human Rights
lecturer of 2021/2022 Autumn semester
Rein Müllerson (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
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.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows 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;
- knows the main categories of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- knows the working principles of international courts providing human rights protection;
- knows terminology and concepts of the respective field;
- is able to apply the knowledge obtained to resolve concrete cases;
- is able to find from open databases applicable international courts’ judgments and conduct their analysis.
Study programmes containing that course