3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6001585FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
International and European Law
Educational team
Sari KOUVO (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

The course aims at providing a broad overview of international and European human rights law, jurisprudence, policy and practice. The course is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the history and development of human rights, and on key principles, laws and institutional structures for international and regional protection and promotion of human rights. Through the use of country-specific and thematic case studies, the second part of the course aims at contextualising human rights.

A detailed plan of the contents is provided in a separate schedule that is distributed to the students.

Course material
Handbook (Required) :
Course text (Required) :
Additional info

Lectures and seminars:

The course is structured around seminar-style lectures that demand active participation of students. 


A specific list of reading assignments is prepared for the course. The list consists of the following two elements:

- The Handbook is GOMEZ ISA, F., DE FEYTER, K. (Eds.), International human rights law in a global context (2009).  Deusto: University of Deusto, 973 pp.

- A Treaty collection prepared specifically for the course.

Students are expected to read relevant chapters in the handbook before each lecture, and should be prepared to discuss what s/he has read.

Learning Outcomes

General competencies

This course has the following learning objectives:

  • To give an introduction to the history and theory of human rights
  • To provide a substantive overview of the international human rights system, including laws, institutions and policies
  • To provide an introduction to the European system of protecting and promoting human rights
  • To discuss and critically examine the role and practices of human rights in the contemporary world.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 75% of the final mark.
SELF Presentation determines 25% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 75% of the final mark. This is a mid-term test.

    Note: Written closed book exam.

Within the SELF Presentation category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Student presentation with a relative weight of 2 which comprises 25% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The examination consists of two parts:

- Student lecture, where each student is requested to prepare a 5-10 minute lecture on a predefined subject. (25 % of the grade)  

- Closed book written exam consisting of three questions. (75 % of the grade)

In addition, active participation at lectures may positively influence the final grade. (+ 10 %)


Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject