JUR1710 – International Human Rights Law: Institutions and Procedures
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The legal protection of human rights on the international level is a concept that has developed largely since the end of World War II. The United Nations and regional organisations, most notably the Council of Europe, have taken the lead in ensuring respect for human rights through international legal and political mechanisms. This course focuses on the institutions, treaties and practices of these intergovernmental organisations, in addition to international criminal tribunals, providing a perspective of both the normative standards defining international human rights and the means by which they are monitored and implemented.
The aim of this course is to give you an overview of principal
institutions and mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights at universal and regional levels. After completing this course, you will have a basic understanding of different aspects the institutions and procedures presented in the course literature and selected cases, giving you the possibility to describe and analyze different features of the international protection of human rights. In addition, you will have a general knowledge of basic features of international criminal law. For further information see Detailed course information
regarding requirements and syllabus.
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Recommended previous knowledge
Please note that lectures and curriculum for this course is aimed at students at master degree level.
However, the achievement requirements are adjusted for students who take the subject at bachelor degree level.
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5710 – International Human Rights Law: Institutions and Procedures (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUR5700 – Internasjonale menneskerettigheter (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUR1700 – Internasjonale menneskerettigheter (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with VALINTHUM – Introduction to Human Rights Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with PILINTHUM – Introduction to Human Rights Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUTINTHUM – Introduction to Human Rights Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUVOINMR
- 10 credits overlap with JUVOINMR
- 10 credits overlap with HUMR4110 – International Human Rights Law: Institutions and Procedures (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with JUR5701 – Internasjonale menneskerettigheter (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with ISSJF4711 - Human Rights
- 10 credits overlap with JUS5710 – International Human Rights Law: Institutions and Procedures
Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all
communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all
literature and auxiliary materials are in English.
4 hour written open book digital school examination.
Examination support material
This is an open book digital school examination. You are permitted to use paper printouts or paper publications of any literature during the examination (e.g., course literature, lecture notes, dictionaries). You are also allowed to use handwritten notes on paper. No electronic support materials will be allowed.
Use of sources and rules for citing.
The standard rules on cheating and plagiarism which apply to assignments apply also to the written open book examination. This means that you must provide a reference whenever you draw upon another person’s ideas, words or research in your answer to the exam question(s). You cannot copy text directly from textbooks, journal articles, court judgments etc. without highlighting that the text is copied.
Thus, pieces of text quoted verbatim from these and other sources must be italicised or otherwise highlighted so that it is obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.
Example of highlighting in a text:
"Laurent Bailay and Bernard Van der Lande propose to define a mobile payment as a “payment for products or services between two parties for which a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, plays a key role in the realization of the payment”. (European Commission, GREEN PAPER Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments, page 5)"
Failure to cite sources or highlight quotes in your exam answer may be considered as evidence of cheating.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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
Resit an examination
- Illness at exams / postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take this 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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.
The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the
Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one
English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these
This subject is taught at Bachelor's level. The subject is also taught at Master's level (10 ECTS credits), see JUS5710 – International Human Rights Law: Institutions and Procedures
Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.