HUMR4120 – International Human Rights Law: Substantive rights

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to the substantive content of international human rights law taking into account the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights. The contemporary interpretations of a selection of rights will be presented with reference to their development both in the UN and regional institutional frameworks.

Learning outcome

The course will give you an understanding of the fundamentals of human rights protection in the international legal framework. International human rights law is still growing and developing, and the course will provide you with an understanding of the contemporary content of a select set of rights. This understanding is developed by discussing limitations to and tensions within and between rights as part of the international human rights regime. This course should enable you to address competently many contemporary national and international problems from the standpoint of international human rights law.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Admission is limited to students already studying at the Master's Degree level at the University of Oslo. Priority is given to students on the Master of Philosophy programme in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses


Lectures/seminars, including a written assignment.


4 hour written examination.

Examination support material

Auxiliary materials allowed during examinations for courses taught in English.

Recommended/Special Material

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Please se Detailed regulations for the Faculty of Law, Chapter 3 regarding application, responsibilities and special measures.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This subject (10 ECTS credits) is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught as a 15 ECTS credits course at Master's level, please please see HUMR5120 – International Human Rights Law: Substantive rights (discontinued). The subject is also taught at Bachelor's level, please see HUMR1120 – International Human Rights Law: Substantive rights (discontinued)(10 ECTS credits. Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.

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Autumn 2010

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