Human Rights Protection in Europe


Course Objective

This course deals with human rights law in Europe, both institutionally
as well as substantially. The main focus is on the ECHR and its
significance in European society for various areas of law (criminal law,
administrative law and family/private law). The course also highlights
the development of human rights law within the European Union.

Course Content

The course will deal with the historic development of human rights law
and the implementation of international human rights law into domestic
legal orders. Attention is also paid to the procedure before the
European Court of Human Rights and the interpretative methods of the
Court. Subsequently, the most important case-law of the Court is
discussed in respect of Articles 2 (right to life), 3 (prohibition of
torture), 5 (right to liberty), 6 (right to a fair trial), 8 (privacy
and family life), 9 (freedom of religion) and 10 (freedom of
expression). During the course reference is made to other international
human rights instruments including those in the EU legal order and
mechanisms such as the CPT and the Venice Commission.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (6x4 hours)

Method of Assessment

Written exam.


A collection of academic articles from law journals, handouts of the
lectures and specified judgments of the EctHR, which will be made
available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students (level: third bachelor year and master)
Contractor (students who pay for one course)

Additional Information


General Information

Course Code
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. M. Kuijer
Teaching Staff mr. M. Kuijer
dr. mr. A.M. de Hoon

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
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