General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6072
Course name: International and Regional Protection of Human Rights
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30 [Only for LLM(HR) students]

1.2 Course description

This course is compulsory for all students completing the LLM in Human Rights degree and complements the other required module: Human Rights History, Theory and Politics and the Capstone experiential learning and research courses. As such, the course is one component of a cohesive curriculum and students are encouraged to reflect on how what they learn in their other courses informs the topics discussed in this course and vice versa. It also sets the stage for a more in-depth consideration of particular human rights issues and contexts within the elective modules. The course introduces the key instruments and institutions that comprise the global and regional systems for the protection of human rights, debates about their effectiveness, and the nature and content of selected rights and associated issues.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Kelley Loper kloper@hku.hk CCT 408 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Identify the sources of international human rights law, including key multilateral treaties as well as selected bodies of “soft law” principles/rules and understand key concepts.

CLO 2 Understand the basic functions of the main institutions, enforcement mechanisms, and processes that comprise the system for the protection of human rights at the global level (including United Nations treaty and charter-based bodies) and discuss current debates about their effectiveness and ability to prevent and remedy violations of human rights.

CLO 3Identify and understand the functions of key treaties and enforcement mechanisms which comprise the African, European, and Inter-American human rights systems.

CLO 4 Discuss issues related to the development of a regional human rights framework in the Asian context and propose and debate possible scenarios for establishing an effective system based on insights from the existing global and regional human rights bodies.

CLO 5 Achieve a basic understanding of the content of selected substantive rights, categories of rights, and/or current human rights topics and how these rights have been interpreted by global and regional human rights bodies.

CLO 6 Consider mechanisms for – and challenges to – the implementation of international human rights law at the domestic level with reference to selected examples.

CLO 7 Develop their writing and critical thinking skills and participate actively in class discussion.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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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
Class participation N/A 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Two reflection papers 1st due: 18 Oct 2022

2nd due: 22 Nov 2022

30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final assignment 18 Dec 2022 75% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
*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.

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 11 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 11 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 the convenor.

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/