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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3214: 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 ECHR: Background to the establishment of the ECHR; The Post WW2 Human Rights Model; The Convention and its Protocols. Article 1 duty; The right of individual petition; General approach of the European Court to the application and interpretation of the ECHR; Remedies; Abuse of Rights. Interpretative techniques; Margin of appreciation; Limitation of rights; Positive obligations; Conflicts between the rights and freedoms.


Rights and Freedoms under English Law; The Human Rights Act; Background to the Human Rights Act 1998: Purpose of the HRA; ‘Convention rights’; The model of incorporation and its legal consequences; The operative provisions of the HRA: Role of Strasbourg case law. (s.2, HRA); Reading down. (s.3, HRA); Declaration of Incompatibility (s.4, and s.10 HRA); Public authorities (s.6, HRA); Standing (s.7, HRA); Remedies (s.8, HRA); Proportionality; Deference.

Aspects of the interpretation/application of the principal Convention rights in both English and European law will be examined (NB: exact coverage may vary with staff availability).

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 Activities 4422 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities128 x 1.5 hour workshops (4 per term), which will involve student-led individual and group work, with guidance and intervention from the tutor
Guided Independent Study 120 Individual reading and study
Guided Independent Study 34Workshop preparation
Guided Independent Study 30Formative assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study 60Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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

Web-based and electronic resources:


Extensive use will be made of the European Court’s excellent website:

You will also need to use Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw to access case law, as well as the extensive e-resources available in the Lasok Law Library.