International human rights

  • A.A. 2019/2020
  • 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 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 law:
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) TOMUSCHAT Human Rights Between Idealism and Realism, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014 » Pagine/Capitoli: except for Chapters 11, 12 and 13
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

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

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

Metodi didattici
  • Lectures, seminars and case-law analysis (38 hours); seminar on legal research tools (2 hours).
Modalità di valutazione
  • Oral exam in English (three questions). Students will be assessed on topics that are part of the course and they will have the opportunity to orally elaborate their answers. The exam is closed book examination.
    For students who attend the course a partial written exam in English (two open
    questions) can be arranged during the course.
    The exam aims to assess the knowledge and comprehension of the discipline and the development of a critical approach to the subject.
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


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