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Translating human rights into international law

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Academic Direction
School of Advanced Study
Also part of
MA Human Rights
Modes of Study

This module aims to provide all students – regardless of whether they have a legal background - with a firm understanding of how human rights are translated into international law.

Topics covered

  • A basic grounding in public international law.
  • Foundational concepts in international law.
  • International human rights law.
  • A critical understanding of the main international and regional human rights systems through which human rights standards are developed and enforced in practice.

Learning outcomes

Students will gain confidence in dealing with and critiquing the law, constructing legal arguments, analysing facts against a legal framework and problem-solving, reading international law materials and conducting legal research.


This module is assessed by a seen written examination (70% of the overall grade), and three E-tivities (30%).