General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6075
Course name: National Protection of Human Rights
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits
Remarks: Only for LLM(HR) students

1.2 Course description

This course provides an opportunity to explore human rights in their national, social and institutional contexts. Students will explore the important themes of national protection of human rights with an emphasis on Asia. Particular attention will be paid to domestic constitutional questions such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Asia is a region that houses nearly two-thirds of the world population and includes a wide range of cultures and developmental contexts.

Human rights practice is ultimately local. While the human rights movement has made extraordinary efforts in the post-World War II era to develop global standards and institutions it has been plagued by weak implementation at the local level. Significant regional human rights treaties and institutions in Europe, Africa and the Americas have sought to address this deficiency on a regional level with mixed success. As the only region without a regional human rights regime, Asia has relied more completely on domestic constitutionalism and local institutional practices to articulate and implement human rights commitments. This has made the human rights debate more seriously a matter of local politics and legal culture. Asia has had a noteworthy engagement with some of the central themes in the human rights debate, relating human rights to culture, to the political economy of development, democratization, autonomy, and development of civil society. Asian discussions of these concerns have intimately connected issues of human rights and development.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ryan Thoreson thoreson@hku.hk TBA By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Identify different mechanisms for advancing human rights in national contexts.

CLO 2  Situate national human rights protections in a comparative framework.

CLO 3 Engage in foundational debates about the merits of different approaches to national human rights protections.

CLO 4 Think strategically about how human rights aims might be advanced through diverse avenues or frameworks.

CLO 5 Analyze new changes to institutional frameworks for human rights protection and their repercussions for political and social life.

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 N/A 10% 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Response papers TBA 40% 1, 2, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home exam TBA 50% 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*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

The final exam will be a take-home exam comprised of essay questions that bring together concepts from different portions of the course.

Each student will write three response papers over the course of the semester, which should critically engage with the readings and concepts for the relevant week. The papers will be shared with the class in advance of our class session, and students are expected to read them to provide a partial basis for class discussion.

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

The seminars for the course will involve some lecturing on key concepts and ideas to situate the weekly readings, but will primarily be discussion based.

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/