This is an optional module open to all students on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Building on Module I (The Foundations of International Human Rights Law), it aims to develop a more advanced legal understanding around a broad range of crucially important aspects of human rights principles and practice.
Section A – Securing Social Justice through Human Rights Law – explores how international law engages with key questions of social justice that go to the very heart of the discipline, ranging from the principle of equality to economic, social and cultural rights and the protection of minorities. A reading week mid-term allows you to consolidate your learning (an optional session on child rights is also run during this week). Section B – Securing Human Rights during Armed Conflict – focuses on how law seeks to protect human dignity during armed conflict and other public emergencies. In both Sections, a broad topic focus is each week combined with detailed thematic study of a particular area of contention to give you the widest possible exposure to human rights law.