Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3214: Human Rights Law
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||44||22 x 2 hour lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||12||8 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||34||Workshop preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Formative assessment preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||60||Summative assessment preparation|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Web-based and electronic resources:
ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/
Extensive use will be made of the European Court’s excellent website: https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng
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.