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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1028C: Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Elif Ceylan Ozsoy (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


Human rights law determines how far states can legitimately interfere in our freedoms, what happens when the rights of two individuals clash, and how different interests in society are balanced. This module aims to equip you with a deeper understanding of human rights law. The module will introduce you to the legal protection of human rights in the UK within its wider international, political, social and philosophical context. Acknowledging the racialised, gendered, human, and state-centric nature of modern human rights law and its class dimensions, the module goes beyond the doctrinal application of laws, and will enable you to analyse those laws through a critical lens. The module also touches upon the contemporary developments and challenges in the field of human rights law.


This module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the vocational stage of training to become a barrister. Students interested in becoming solicitors under the Solicitors Qualifying Examination route should also take this module. The module is available to students on interdisciplinary pathways and Flexible Combined Honours students.

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