General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3022
Course name: Human Rights in Hong Kong
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Yes
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: Not applicable
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 40

1.2 Course description

History of enactment, the Bill of Rights Regime, ICCPR, implementation of human rights treaties, Basic Law, interpretation, scope of application, inter-citizen rights, locus standi, permissible limitations, derogation and reservation, enforcement and remedy.

Study of selected rights, including civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights and people’s rights. Topics covered include impact on civil and criminal process, right to a fair and public trial, arrest, search and seizure, torture and degrading treatment, liberty and security of person, freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, right to nationality, right to family, right to political participation, discrimination and equality, right to housing, social security, education and the environment. The exact topics to be covered may change from years to years.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Johannes Chan johannes@hku.hk CCT 904  By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe and explain the general framework and approach of human rights law, and in particular, the approach to permissible restrictions.

CLO 2 Critically examine the approach adopted by the courts in deciding human rights and constitutional cases.

CLO 3 Apply the knowledge and understanding of human rights law to resolve issues, problems and disputes in real life situations and to address and construct sound arguments in any novel situations.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an awareness of the socio-economic-political dimension of human rights discourse within a comparative context and utilize their knowledge to advocate for and improve human rights situations in Hong Kong or elsewhere.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Short essay 11 Mar 2024 25% 1, 2, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Oral presentation 1-29 Apr 2024 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Research paper 6 May 2024 70% 2 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/