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Human rights in the international legal order

  • A.A. 2016/2017
  • CFU 8
  • Ore 40
  • Classe di laurea LM-52
Laura Salvadego / Professoressa di ruolo - II fascia / Diritto internazionale (IUS/13)
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, della Comunicazione e delle Relazioni Internazionali

No particular prerequisite is required. Basic knowledge of the essential elements of Public
International Law is suggested.

Obiettivi del corso

The aim of the course is to help students familiarise with the main international rules in the
field of Human Rights and with the monitoring mechanisms for the protection of
fundamental rights.

Students will develop a number of skills. They will learn to carry out targeted legal research
in the field of International Human Rights. They will develop the ability to interpret
international rules and case-law in the field of Human Rights. They will learn to assess the
impact of human rights standards at national level: specifically, the Italian legal order.

Programma del corso

The course will address the general framework of human rights protection in international
1. Actors and sources.
2. The origins of International Human Rights Law.
3. The United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Universal
and regional systems of protection of human rights: specifically, the 1966 UN Covenants and
the European Convention on Human Rights.
4. Monitoring compliance with international human rights obligations. UN Charter-based
and treaty-based bodies. The role of international tribunals: specifically, the European Court
of Human Rights.
5. The effects of human rights norms in the Italian legal order.

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) C. TOMUSCHAT Human Rights Between Idealism and Realism. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014 » Pagine/Capitoli: except for Chapters 11, 12-13.
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

For students who attend the course: notes and materials provided in class.

Students not attending the course shall prepare the exam on: C. TOMUSCHAT, Human Rights Between Idealism and Realism, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, except for Chapters 11, 12-13.

Consultation of the main international instruments in the field of human rights is recommended.

Metodi didattici
  • Lectures, case-law analysis and seminar on legal research tools.
Modalità di valutazione
  • Oral exam in English. Students will be assessed on topics that are part of the course and will
    have the opportunity to orally elaborate their answers. The exam is closed book
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione