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Law 310 - Civil Liberties and Human Rights

(Half Unit in 1st term)

The course adopts a critical and contextual approach to the subject of civil liberties and human rights within the context of the European human rights regime. It explores the theoretical foundations for the existence of freedoms and rights; the legal mechanisms through which freedoms and rights are secured and protected; and the justifiable limitations on freedoms and rights. Additionally, students will examine the legal protection offered by domestic law (recalling that the Human Rights Act 1998 has been in force since 2000) and, where appropriate, other sources of law. Specific topics will be discussed, such as the freedom of expression, the right to life, and torture. Special case studies will include topical issues, such as capital punishment, the manifestation of religion, and national security.

This half unit is available to second years.


Coursework 50%, Exam 50%

Recommended Reading

Helen Fenwick, Civil Liberties, 4th edn. (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007)

Mark W. Janis, Richard S. Kay and Anthony W. Bradley, European Human Rights Law: Text and Materials, 3rd edn. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Richard Stone, Textbook on Civil Liberties and Human Rights, 8th edn. (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Robin C.A White and Clare Ovey, eds., Jacobs, White and Ovey The European Convention on Human Rights, 5th edn.(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

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