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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM671: International Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:


  • The nature and development of human rights in international law
  • Global and regional standard-setting and implementation
  • Legal accountability for human rights – interpretation and human rights treaty bodies 
  • Regional human rights courts
  • Emerging challenges

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3010 x 3 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3Attendance at events hosted by relevant Law School research centres / networks, namely: • Exeter Centre for International Law • Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCuLE) • Human Rights and Democracy Forum • Routes
Guided independent study 147Preparation for scheduled learning and teaching sessions (including pre-reading and the completion of learning activities)
Guided independent study 120 Assessments preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

  • Rosalyn Higgins, Problems & Process: International Law and How We Use It (Clarendon) 1994
  • Philip Alston and James Crawford (eds.), The Future of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring (CUP) 2000
  • Philip Alston and Mary Robinson (eds), Human Rights and Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement (OUP) 2005
  • Andrew Clapham, Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors (OUP) 2006
  • Christian Tomuschat, Human Rights. Between Idealism and Realism (OUP) 2008
  • Adam McBeth, Justine Nolan, Simon Rice, The International Law of Human Rights (OUP) 2011
  • Michael Haas, International Human Rights, 2nd ed (Routledge) 2013