HU200-5-FY-CO:
Human Rights & Social Justice: Structures, Theory and Practice

The details
2022/23
Human Rights Centre
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
30
09 March 2022

 

Requisites for this module
HU100
(none)
(none)
SC233

 

HU300

Key module for

BA V1L2 History with Human Rights,
BA V1L8 History with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V1LF History with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V1LG History with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA T7M8 Latin American studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M9 Latin American Studies with Human Rights,
BA V5M8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5M9 Philosophy with Human Rights,
BA V5MX Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V6M9 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA VLM8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L219 Politics with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L2M8 Politics with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L2M9 Politics with Human Rights,
BA LFM9 Politics with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA L3J9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L3M9 Sociology with Human Rights,
BA LMJ9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM30 Law with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA LL37 Social Anthropology with Human Rights,
BA LL38 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L914 Global Studies with Human Rights,
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L917 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L918 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V301 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights,
BA V302 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (including Foundation Year),
BA V303 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA V304 Curating, Heritage and Human Rights (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

During the autumn term this module will provide a comprehensive introduction to a selection of the most important human rights bodies and organisations entrusted with the legal obligation to uphold and enforce international human rights standards and protections.

The spring term will provide the multidisciplinary student cohort with interdisciplinary human rights teaching from different approaches to human rights and social justice according to the expertise of teaching staff from other departments.

Module aims

The module aims to consolidate the human rights knowledge acquired in first year of the joint degree programme. Once the foundational materials (UN structures, regional systems, national provisions) are grounded during the first half of the module, the spring term opens the student cohort to other, diverse approaches to human rights and social justice.

A pedagogical story arc through the lens of theory & practice will serve to prepare 2nd year students for 3rd year where they are educated about contemporary challenges in the protection of human rights globally. In addition, this multidisciplinary pedagogical approach aims to support students to think critically and analytically about human rights.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will have gained:

1. Knowledge of the key United Nations bodies involved in setting, implementing and enforcing states’ human rights obligations.

2. Knowledge of the structure and role of regional human rights systems.

3. Knowledge of the primary institutions and mechanisms designed to ensure compliance with human rights standards at the domestic level and their relationship to regional and international bodies.

4. Deepened understanding of human rights and social justice issues by reference to their social, political, and historical contexts.

Module information

Indicative Syllabus:

Week 2 Introduction: universal, regional and domestic mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights
Week 3 The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Week 4 The United Nations Charter System: The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Week 5 European System
Week 6 European System
Week 7 Inter-American System
Week 8 Inter-American System
Week 9 African System
Week 10 National Human Rights Institutions
Week 11 National Courts and the Protection of Human Rights
Week 16 Introduction to multidisciplinary Human Rights (spring term)
Weeks 17-19 History & Human Rights
Weeks 20-22 Politics of Human Rights
Weeks 23-25 Sociology & Human Rights

Learning and teaching methods

The module will consist of a weekly two-hour in person lecture/seminar.

Bibliography*

  • Rhona Smith. (no date) 'Chapter 10: Monitoring, implementing, and enforcing human rights', in International Human Rights Law.
  • Kirby, Michael. (2010-01-25) 'Domestic courts and international human rights law
    The ongoing judicial conversation'
    , in Utrecht Law Review. vol. 6 (1) , pp.168-
  • Hampson, Françoise; Martin, Claudia; Viljoen, Frans. (2018-05-12) 'Inaccessible apexes: Comparing access to regional human rights courts and commissions in Europe, the Americas, and Africa', in International Journal of Constitutional Law. vol. 16 (1) , pp.161-186
  • Rodley, Nigel. (2013) 'The role and impact of treaty bodies', in Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.621-648
  • Lecture Series - The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System, https://legal.un.org/avl/ls/Connors_HR.html
  • Connors, Jane. (2017) 'United Nations (chapter 19)', in International Human Rights Law., pp.369-410
  • Goodman, Ryan; Pegram, Thomas Innes; Harvard Law School. Human Rights Program; New York University. Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. (2012) Human rights, state compliance, and social change: assessing national human rights institutions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Antkowiak, Thomas M. (2018) 'Chapter 21 The Americas', in International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.425-440
  • Guilfoyle, Douglas. (no date) International Criminal Law: history and institutions part I - YouTube.
  • Rhona Smith. (no date) 'Chapter 9: Africa', in International Human Rights Law.
  • Cryer, Robert; Robinson, Darryl; Vasiliev, Sergey. (2019) An introduction to international criminal law and procedure, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rhona Smith. (no date) 'Chapter 7: Europe', in International Human Rights Law., pp.83-107
  • Heyns, Christof; Killander, Magnus. (2018) 'Chapter 23 Africa', in International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.465-481
  • Schutter, Olivier de. (2014) 'Chapter 8 Ensuring Compliance with International Human Rights Law', in International Human Rights Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., pp.780-786
  • Cavallaro, James; Vargas, Claret; Sandoval Villalba, Clara; Duhaime, Bernard; Bettinger-López, Caroline; Brewer, Stephanie Erin; Guzmán, Diana; Naddeo, Cecilia. (2019) Doctrine, Practice, and Advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights System, Oxford: Oxford University Press USA - OSO.
  • Rhona Smith. (no date) 'Chapter 8: The Americas', in International Human Rights Law.
  • Buergenthal, Thomas. (no date) A Brief History of International Human Rights Law: UN Audio-visual Library of International Law Lecture Series.
  • Goodman, Ryan. (2012) 'Chapter 12 Vertical Interpretation: International Human Rights Law within states' legal and political orders', in International Human Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.1047-1116
  • Byrnes, Andrew; Renshaw, Cathrine. (2018) 'Chapter 24 Within the State', in International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.482-502
  • Lecture Series - United Nations Treaty and Charter-based Human Rights Bodies: Competitive or Complementary?, https://legal.un.org/avl/ls/Rodley_HR.html
  • Cali, Basak. (2018) 'Chapter 20 Regional Protection', in International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.411-424
  • Mertus, Julie. (2009) The United Nations and human rights: a guide for a new era, Abingdon: Routledge. vol. 33
  • Greer, Steven. (2018) 'Chapter 22 Europe', in International Human Rights Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.441-464
  • Bernaz, Nadia. (2013) 'Continuing evolution of the United Nations treaty body system', in Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law, London: Taylor & Francis Ltd., pp.707-724
  • Guilfoyle, Douglas. (2016) International criminal law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Guilfoyle, Douglas. (no date) The Purposes of International Criminal Law - YouTube.
  • Rhona SmithRhona SmithRhona SmithRhona Smith. (no date) 'Chapter 3: The United Nations', in International Human Rights Law.
  • United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.shtml
  • Roux, Theunis. (2013) 'Chapter 1: The Chaskalson Court's Achievements', in The Politics of Principle, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., pp.15-71

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Continuous Assessment (HU200 Human Rights and Social Justice)     
Coursework   Autumn Essay (HU200 Human Rights and Social Justice)     
Coursework   Spring Essay (HU200 Human Rights and Social Justice)     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Various academics
Jamie Seakens, Undergraduate Administrator, telephone: 01206 872529 email: jseakens@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

Dr Thomas Pegram
University College London
Associate Professor
Dr Panagiotis Kapotas
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Human Rights Centre

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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