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Suggested: 6 Weeks of study, approximately 2-3 hours per week....

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to the ECHR

3 videos (Total 31 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
3 videos
The foundations of the ECHR8m
The admissibility requirements10m
5 readings
The birth of the ECHR12m
The European Convention on Human Rights15m
The institutions of the Council of Europe12m
Articles 34 and 35 ECHR15m
Procedure in Strasbourg and execution of judgments15m
4 practice exercises
The linkages between the ECHR and an open society12m
Where to find rights in the ECHR?12m
The admissibility checklist of the ECtHR applied15m
Test your knowledge on the foundations of the ECHR15m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

General principles

5 videos (Total 55 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
The principles and methods of interpretation12m
Categories of rights in the ECHR and possibilities for limitation9m
Conditions for restriction of ECHR rights11m
The intensity of review of restrictions and the margin of appreciation doctrine13m
2 readings
Additional reading on principles and methods of interpretation10m
Positive and negative obligations35m
5 practice exercises
How to interpret the ECHR in a concrete case?30m
Determining States' obligations in practice20m
The justification of restrictions - a practical exercise20m
The impact of the margin of appreciation in concrete cases25m
Test your knowledge on the consideration of fundamental rights cases by the ECtHR15m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Human rights and democracy

3 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Political parties9m
Human rights in transitions to democracy9m
2 readings
The right to vote and the right to stand for election45m
Article 11 ECHR - the freedom of assembly and association10m
2 practice exercises
Restricting the freedom of association5m
Test your knowledge on the connection between human rights and democracy15m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Insiders and outsiders: non-discrimination, vulnerable groups, migrants and asylum seekers

4 videos (Total 40 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Non-discrimination9m
Vulnerable groups11m
The rights of migrants and asylum seekers under the ECHR9m
2 readings
Article 14 ECHR - the prohibition of discrimination10m
Suspect grounds of discrimination and the very weighty reasons test12m
2 practice exercises
Grounds of discrimination - a practical exercise20m
Test your knowledge on the inclusion and exclusion of vulnerable groups, migrants and asylum seekers under the ECHR15m
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Top reviews from Human Rights for Open Societies

By DMJun 11th 2017

Very good to find out the basics. What are human rights, what they represent and in which way we should interpret them. Also, it has an easy language so you don't need law school or other studies.

By SGJun 19th 2017

This has been a great introduction to the European Convention and Court of Human Rights. It has really helped deepen understanding of the treaty and how the court functions.

Instructors

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Antoine Buyse

Prof. dr.
Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht Law School
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Janneke Gerards

Prof. dr.
Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Utrecht Law School
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Paulien de Morree

dr.
Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Utrecht Law School
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Claire Loven

LL.M
Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a research university comprising seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56th worldwide. The research focuses on four main strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Our motto is: Bright minds, better future....

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