SOAS University of London

School of Law

European Human Rights Law/EU Law

Course Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year
This module 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 module 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

  • 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;
  • An introduction to selected case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice;
  • Assist students in understanding the approach of those courts to the interpretation of international legal norms;
  • Provide students with an understanding of the relationship between European law and English law.

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
  • Unseen written exam: 80%

Suggested reading

  • Damian Chalmers, European Union Law – Text and Materials, CUP 2014
  • Gunnar Beck, The Legal Reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU, Bloomsbury Publishing 2013.
  • James Holland & Julian Webb, Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning , 8th edition, OUP 2013, Chapters on precedent, statutory interpretation and EU law
  • Rainey, Wicks and Ovey,  “Jacobs, White & Ovey, European Convention on Human Right”, 6th edition, 2014
  • Harris, O’Boyle, Bates & Buckley, “Harris, O’Boyle & Warbrick  Law of the European Convention on Human Rights” , 3rd edition, 2014
  • Mowbray, “Cases and Materials on the European Convention on Human Rights”, 2012.


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