European Human Rights Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
03 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

How effective is the European Convention on Human Rights? Or the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe?

Examine European institutions and systems that protect human rights, promote democracy and prevent conflict. Study from a British perspective but with analysis of international law and human rights in different European countries.

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the European level institutions and systems for the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy and the prevention of conflict. The module will incorporate a British focus on these systems but will also include study of the pan-European systems as regional systems in international law and a comparative treatment of human rights concerns in different European countries. The inter-relationships between the systems will also be explored.

The institutions and systems in question are the Council of Europe and its main instruments on human rights, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights; the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, its Office on Democracy and Human Rights and its human dimension documents; the European Union and the Human Rights protections provided by the Treaties.

Module learning outcomes

The module will develop skills in the treatment of international and comparative concepts and procedures.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly two-hour lectures


  • Rainey, Bernadette; Wicks, Elizabeth; Ovey, Clare. (2017) Jacobs, White, and Ovey: the European Convention on Human Rights, Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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 Summative Essay Question 100%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Steve Peers, Dr Harry Nikolaidis
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Prof Julia Shaw
De Montfort University
Professor of Law
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 44 (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).


Further information
Law (School of)

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