Netherlands, Nijmegen

European Human Rights Protection

when 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 600

The Council of Europe’s work in the field of human rights are now of significance across the globe. This course explores particular aspects of these innovative judicial and non-judicial standards and mechanisms of protection.

The Council of Europe has been able to achieve innovative systems of effective protection of human rights at a regional level. Its success in promoting respect for civil and political rights, first through the establishment and progressive development of an enforcement machinery under the European Convention on Human Rights and then through the entry into force of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture or Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, is without parallel.

There are three key approaches to the work of the Council of Europe: first, standard-setting (in particular, by means of securing agreement to international treaties, but also through the making of recommendations and resolutions and the gradual emergence of standards in the course of the work of monitoring bodies); secondly, monitoring of implementation of state obligations (in particular, through the work of bodies established by treaty); and thirdly, co-operation with member states and non-governmental organisations (eg in promoting institutional capacity-building and legislative reform through training and compatibility studies). While this course will focus upon the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, these other aspects of human rights protection will also be introduced and discussed. The Council of Europe has also been mindful of the need to promote social cohesion through the promotion of social standards under the European Social Charter, and to encourage equality of treatment of members of national minorities through its Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the work of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

We will focus upon 3 areas of particular interest: protection of physical integrity (life; prohibition of ill-treatment; deprivation of liberty); religious liberty; and aspects of personal autonomy. Participants will be expected to read the course materials in advance of the class (including primary source materials) and to take a leading part in group discussions and presentations.

Course leader

Jim Murdoch
Professor of Public Law
School of Law
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland

Target group

Advanced bachelor and master. This course is designed for students from a broad range of disciplines, and including (but not restricted to) Law, Politics, and International Studies.

Course aim

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
•Understand the enforcement machinery under the European Convention of Human Rights
•Critically evaluate the leading jurisprudence of the substantive guarantees of the European Convention on Human Rights,
•Gain a basic awareness of other European instruments and standard-setting bodies in the field of human rights,
•Analyse European human rights problems and identify the applicable rules and legal issues (that is, to identify and clarify the components of a given problem, produce strategies for its resolution, and evaluate the success of these different approaches).

Fee info

EUR 600: Normal fee


€ 540 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 510 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 450 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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