Syllabus/achievement requirements

Achievement Requirements


The students will have good knowledge of:

  • The concept of rights and its role in normative reasoning in moral and political philosophy
  • Different ways of justifying human rights
  • Different philosophical approaches to the concept of human rights, and the debate over these approaches
  • Questions concerning the legitimacy of human rights and the international human rights system
  • Different debates in the philosophy of human right, notably concerning the conflict of rights, the feasibility of human rights, gender and human rights and the relation between human rights and relativism

Skills and general competence:

The students are expected to be able to:

  • Critically relate to and discuss, both orally and in writing, current debates in the philosophy of human rights
  • Write an essay with a clear argumentative structure which critically and analytically discusses questions in the philosophy of human rights


Introductory literature

James Nickel 2007: Making Sense of Human Rights, 2nd Edition. Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishing


Main literature


Articles/ book chapters:

Articles and extracts from books marked with an asterisk (*) are available in a compilation of texts (kompendium) which can be purchased from Akademika Jus bookstore located next to the the faculty building of Domus Juridica). Also available online here.

Main literature: 791 pages


Supporting literature

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