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

The international human rights debate, which took on life largely in the second half of the twentieth century, has become one of the central global debates of our time. A visit to the annual meeting of the leading academic societies of law or political science will find this debate featured prominently on the program, as it is in the academic literature and our daily newspapers. This course will explore the international human rights movement and the global institutional architecture that today drives our debate over human rights. On the ground globally, this debate poses a list of seemingly intractable issues for our discussion. For example, will the classic notion of state sovereignty give further ground to international human rights and intervention Is the international human rights regime effective in upholding human rights Does human rights have a bright future Are human rights universal in in theory and practice Should we take account of regional differences Does democracy and liberal human rights fail the needy of the world Should economic and social rights, as a consequence, gain equal footing in international and national human rights policy Should rights relating to gender equality be given greater prominence or even the status of peremptory norms Are human rights culture bound Do cultural differences justify ignoring or revising human rights principles to meet indigenous conditions Are religious traditions inconsistent with human rights commitments Should humanitarian intervention be further developed Should international criminal responsibility be expanded How does the ar on terrorism implicate human rights Can human rights law stop torture How might human rights be better enforced, both domestically and internationally What is the capacity for law and legal institutions to address these difficult issues Do law and legal institutions distort the picture.

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 To introduce the broad contours of international human rights law and concepts and the goals and practices of the human rights movement.

CLO 2 To engage the central debates that underlie the human rights movement and explore the implications of such debates in discrete areas of human rights practice.

CLO 3 To assist students in exploring their own interests in the field and in developing and achieving their own realistic goals for the study of human rights.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-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
Class participation and two short reflection papers
  • 1st due: 18 Oct 2021
  • 2nd due: 22 Nov 2021
25% 1, 2, 3
Final assignment 20 Dec 2021 75% 1, 2, 3
*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

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

Activity In class Preparation
Lecture 3 hours 4 hours
Think/Discussion 1 hour-occasional 1 hour

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/