HUMR5120 – 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 the regional institutional framework in Europe.

Learning outcome

See detailed course information for each semester regarding requirements and syllabus.


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

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master's programme at UiO, or the Law faculty's exchange-programme. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.
Priority is given to students on the Master of Philosophy programme in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants


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.


Written 4-hour examination.

Examination support material

Auxiliary materials allowed during examinations for courses taught in English.

Recommended/Special Material

Language of examination


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

A student can sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do this in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam.
A study programme may have rules that further limit the number of times a student may re-take this exam. In such instances the rules of the study programme will have priority.

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 (15 ECTS credits) is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught as a 10 ECTS credits course at Master's level, please please see HUMR4120 – 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.

Facts about this course






No more lectures are given in this course.


Autumn 2010

Exam in this course is given for the last time during autumn 2010.

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