Since the earliest stages of civilisation, mankind has discussed the notion of ‘human rights’ in the sense of fundamental rights that should exist for all people. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates were among the first to do so, and philosophers and legal practitioners through the ages have continued to discuss and develop our concept of human rights. Today we are accustomed to hearing stories in the news about ‘human rights’, particularly in relation to ‘human rights abuses’ committed at home or abroad, and the notion of ‘human rights’ has taken a more narrow, legal definition, though one which still seeks to preserve general freedoms and values that are conceived as being fundamental to all of us. If you’re aware of the on-going cases involving Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden, then you’re aware of some of the most important human rights legal cases of our time.
But what exactly are our human rights? And what legal foundations are there for us to fall back on when we feel that our human rights have been violated? This course looks at this highly relevant and ever-changing area of law in detail, particularly in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights and how this has been applied in the UK, a very controversial area. We shall examine the European Convention of Human Rights in general and its implications for the UK, as well as focusing on several of the most important rights in detail, such as the Right to Life and the Right to Freedom of Expression. This latter example will highlight a running theme in our discussion: the need for governments to balance protection of the rights of the individual with maintaining national security and prosperity.
This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying law at university or law school, particularly those applying to study law in the UK. It provides an insight into Human Rights Law, applications and career advice, and a wide range of additional resources.
Aims and Objectives
- To understand the fundamental principles of Human Rights Law
- To understand what the ECHR is and how it works
- To gain an awareness of some of the key rights in the ECHR, and how they function
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Discuss with confidence the legal basis of Human Rights in Europe
- Understand some of the major areas of controversy surrounding Human Rights law today
- Show an awareness of the key legal cases and disputes taking place at the present time