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At the end of this module, a student, who has attended lectures and engaged with directed readings, will be able to:
(a) Describe and evaluate procedural requirements for bringing a rights complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
(b) Understand the ‘place’ of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the Irish legal system.
(c) Engage with debates on the challenges facing the ECtHR, from legitimacy, scope, over-reach and a range of other critiques.
(d) Critically analyse the jurisprudence of the ECtHR in relation to a range of substantive rights, focusing on issues of interpretation and evolution of rights under the ECHR.
(e) Distinguish, apply and critique the case law of the ECtHR.
Substantive topics for 2023 will be (subject to any amendment):
(1) The ECHR, ECtHR, institutional competencies and relationship with Irish law;
(2) the right to life;
(3) freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment;
(4) the ECHR and criminal law;
(5) the ECHR and LGBTQ+ rights;
(6) the ECHR and migration at sea
(7) freedom of expression and hate speech
(8) freedom of thought, conscience and religion & the right to education
(9) the application of the ECHR to armed conflict situations and other emergencies ‘threatening the life of the nation’
(10) the right to privacy (Art.8) - surveillance aspects.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Utilise student consultation hours: Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the relevant lecturer who delivered that topic, by arranging to meet the lecturer during their student office hours. Class feedback will be provided on the examination. Individual feedback will be offered once final grades are published by UCD, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting a script viewing/meeting with module coordinator. This will occur in June 2023. Further details will be sent to you on Brightspace. Individual feedback outside the School of Law process cannot be facilitated.
|Dr Ramat Abudu||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Miss April Duff||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Amrei Muller||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Marie-Luce Paris||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|