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At the end of this module, a student, who has attended lectures and engaged with directed readings, will be able to:
(a) Describe and evaluate procedural requirements for bringing a rights complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR);
(b) Engage with debates on the challenges facing the ECtHR as regards legitimacy;
(c) Critically analyse the jurisprudence of the ECtHR in relation to a range of substantive rights, focusing on issues of interpretation and evolution of rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);
(d) Consider the effect of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Irish legal system;
(e) Distinguish, apply and critique the case law of the ECtHR.
(f) Interpret primary legal materials and research legal problems;
(g) Express opinions and ideas in an appropriately legal manner;
(h) Appreciate and critically evaluate the relationship between law and politics under the ECHR system.
This module provides students with a core knowledge and understanding of aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights.
From year to year, the focus of the module may change, however broadly may include (indicative only):
The right to life (Art. 2 ECHR)
Prohibition on torture, inhuman and degrading treatment (Art. 3 ECHR)
Access to Justice and the ECHR (Art. 6 ECHR);
LGBTQ+ Rights and the ECHR (Art. 8, 12, 14 ECHR)
Migrant families and the ECHR (Art. 8, 14 ECHR);
Freedom of expression and freedom of religion (Art. 9 and Art 10 ECHR)
Socio-economic rights and the ECHR (Arts 2, 3, 8, 14, Art. 1, Prot. 1)
Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Summer||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the relevant lecturer who delivered that topic, by arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours. Group class feedback will be available on the examination and available to students on the day/date their provisional results for this module are released by the University. This usually occurs in early June of the academic year. Individual feedback on the the examination will be available once grades are confirmed, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting viewing of their examination script. This usually occurs in June/July of the relevant academic year.
|Assoc Professor Marie-Luce Paris||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|