International human rights law

  • Faculty : Faculty of Law
  • Language of instruction : English
  • Number of hours per week : 6 to 8 during 12 weeks
  • Mode of teaching : Asynchronous online learning (MOOC) on
  • Prerequisites : Knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law (subjects and sources of International Law/principles governing international responsibility).
  • Assessment methods : Online MCQ
  • Name of the lecturer : Pr. Olivier De Schutter

Human rights are developed through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals, the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection.

We shall rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

At the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze and comment on key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law
  • Use conceptual tools to follow the developments of human rights law
  • Be most effective in contributing to the enforcement of international human rights law