Law School Module Details

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Code LAW362
Coordinator Professor K Dzehtsiarou
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


Provide an understanding of the institutional structure of the European Court of Human Rights and admissibility of complaints. Students will be able to critically analyse the developments in case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Provide an understanding of key doctrinal concepts adopted by the European Court of Human Rights.

Provide an introduction to substantive rights, such as right to life, prohibition of torture and degrading treatment, prohibition of slavery, right to privacy and freedom of religion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to identify, define and critically analyse the core doctrinal concepts of the European Court of Human Rights and substantive concepts of the ECHR.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the themes and trends in the case law.

(LO3) Students will be able to apply rules and standards of ECHR law to real life situations.

(LO4) Students will develop critical understanding of approaches to interpretation of the Convention.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Adaptability

(S3) Communication skills



Topics to be covered will include all or most of the following:

General introduction

Admissibility of complaints

Interpretation: Evolutive interpretation and margin of appreciation

Interpretation: European consensus, autonomous interpretation and proportionality

Right to life Prohibition of torture

Prohibition of slavery and forced labour

Right to privacy I

Right to privacy II

Freedom of religion.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Pattern
Learning and teaching on this module will be structured in accordance with the principles of Hybrid Active Learning with asynchronous materials and synchronous seminar sessions. Asynchronous recordings provide material previously addressed in physical lectures, suitably broken down (‘chunking’) and augmented (e.g. quizzes etc) so as to enhance student engagement. Synchronous sessions will run on a fortnightly pattern across the semester (i.e. 6 in total) and will each have a duration of 2 hours.

Module Delivery
Lectures will be delivered online. Each lecture will be divided into smaller recordings of 15-20 minutes long. There will be approximately 4 questions per lecture. About 30 minutes will be reserved for questions. Students will be able to ask questions and I will record another short video to answer these questions. Last two lectures will be fully dedicated to Q&A
So, there will be 9 substantive lectures this semester and 2 lectures.

There will be 6 seminars. Each of them will be 2 hours long. There will be 5 substantive seminars and 1 wrapping up seminar.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22


Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 10
60 mins X 2 totaling 12
Private Study 116


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
5% for participation in at least 3 of 6 synchronous seminars           
80% open book exam (2000 words)  -2000 words    80       
15% for a short formerly formative essay (1000 words)  -1000 words    15       

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