Human Rights Clinic

The details
Human Rights Centre (Essex Law School)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019
30 May 2012


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Module description

This module is concerned with the practice of human rights, and is linked to the Human Rights Centre Clinic. It will develop students' ability to critically evaluate - and effectively engage with - some of the principal forums available to human rights practitioners, as well as providing students with the skill set necessary to work as human rights professionals.

The module focuses on human rights advocacy. It begins by looking at how theory and practice of human rights interact, from a critical standpoint. We will examine how major critiques of human rights discourse affect the way in which we transform theory into practice. We then go on to look at domestic and international strategies for making use of international human rights law. The module then turns to examining specific advocacy routes, including making use of the UN Human Rights Council, Special Procedures and Treaty Monitoring Bodies. Specific advocacy tools are then examined, including evidence gathering (interviewing skills and documentation preservation), strategic litigation and assessing the impact of advocacy projects. The module finishes by bringing together all the material studied during the term to look at how we formulate advocacy strategies.

The module is open only to students who have been admitted to the Human Rights Centre Clinic. Please refer to the HRC Clinic page to find out how to apply by going onto this link:

Module aims

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Module learning outcomes

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Module information

100 per cent Coursework Mark broken down as follows:
80 per cent: summative essay.
20 per cent: professionalism mark (evaluates the student’s performance in their Clinic work).

HU902 runs in parallel to the Human Rights Centre Clinic and all students working on the Clinic must enrol in HU902. No other students may enrol.

While HU902 is primarily a Spring Term module, three two-hour lectures will be held in the Autumn term, in weeks 6, 8 and 10. These sessions are scheduled to coincide with the start of Clinic work (in November) and are aimed at facilitating practical work by focusing on group work and research as well as oral and writing skills.

During the Spring Term there will be one two-hour lecture and one one-hour lecture per week.

Learning and teaching methods

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This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   HU902: Summative Assignment  29/04/2019  80% 
Practical   HU902-7-SP: Professionalism    20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, email:
Dr Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, Dr Ahmed Shaheed & Judith Bueno de Mesquita
School of Law, University of Essex. Telephone: 01206 874325; Email:



External examiner

Dr Damien Short
University of London (Institutes and activities)
Reader, Director of the Human Rights Consortium
Dr Thomas Pegram
University College London
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 33 hours, 33 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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