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School of Law

European human rights law/EU law

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Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year
This course offers a unique combination of European human rights law and the law of the European Union. Students will be introduced to the European Convention on Human Rights and to some of the leading decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, all of which have acquired a greater significance in the UK since the Human Rights Act 1998. The second part of the course deals with the history, institutions, powers and processes of the EU and the major doctrines of European Community law. It also examines the relations between the EU and the developing world.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course will provide a sound foundation knowledge of the fundamental processes of European law and legal institutions, including any treaty frameworks of the European Union and the Council of Europe and the legislative process of the EU; it will introduce students to selected case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice and assist students in understanding the approach of those courts to the interpretation of international legal norms; it will also provide students with an understanding of the relationship between European law and English law.

These learning outcomes have been designed to dovetail with the requirements of the professional bodies for Qualifying Law Degrees.

Method of assessment

One exam (worth 80% of the total mark); one essay of 2,500 words (worth 20% of the total mark).