Transnational Human Rights and Globalisation


Course Objective

After following this course students are expected to be able to:
1. know the legal basis of rights protection in international, regional,
and EU law
2. be familiar with the procedures for protection of individual and
group rights in international, regional, and EU law.
3. critically reflect on the differences between global and regional
systems of human rights protection, drawing on scholarly literature.
4. know the law concerning selected human rights in detail.
5. research questions of substantive and procedural human rights law in
the scholarship, and express analytic and critical perspectives on these
in writing and verbally.
6. Students will be able to reflect on the changing character of
territorial borders and territorial space in human rights law as a
result of globalization;
7. Students will be able to analyse the role and responsibilities of
non-state actors, such as NGO’s, local government and corporations in
transnational human rights law;
8. Student will be able to contribute to the public and academic debate
regarding altering conceptions of justice and justification in law and
politics as a result of globalization, mostly visible in contemporary
human rights law.

Course Content

This course complements (but does not overlap with) the course on Human
Rights Protection in Europe. That course covers the European Convention
of Human Rights, whereas this one will cover the transnational human
rights framework. As such it will focus on the differences, similarities
and interactions between human rights law from different legal orders,
such as established by the International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights, the
African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the European Convention on
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights
of the EU, and the European Social Charter. The course uses five
thematic areas of transnational legal regulation to study substantive
aspects of contemporary human rights law, such as scope, enforcement,
individual complaint procedures, the question of extraterritorial
obligations by states, the increasing emphasis on socio-economic rights
in international human rights, the responsibility of non-state actors
such as cities and multinational corporations for safeguarding human
rights, and the judicialisation of political claims by civil society
actors that seek to engage legal institutions in order to bring about
social change.

The five thematic areas that are used to analyse developments in
transnational human rights law are:

1. Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations
2. Social Justice and Global Inequality
3. Transnational Regulation of Migration
4. Transnational Criminal Law
5. Global Health and Human Rights

Teaching Methods

The class will be taught in seminars, for which students will be
expected to prepare, and in which they will be expected to actively
participate in discussion.

Method of Assessment

Written assignments.


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Target Audience

LLM students, exchange and other students (other masters and faculties).

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

Recommended background knowledge

Basic knowledge of legal regulation and public international law.

General Information

Course Code R_THRG
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator dr. G.N. Cornelisse
Examiner dr. G.N. Cornelisse
Teaching Staff dr. G.N. Cornelisse

Practical Information

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