The European Court of Human Rights between law and politics

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Langue de l'enseignement : Anglais

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Coordinator/lecturer: Julia Kozma, Member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT, Council of Europe), independent human rights consultant, teaching staff member University of Strasbourg
Lecturers:Peggy Ducoulombier, Professor of Public Law, University of Strasbourg; Satu Heikkilä, Lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights; Claudia Lam, Deputy to the Director ad interim, Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

This seminar is aimed at acquainting the students with the main concepts and principles of human rights law. Starting with an interactive task for students, in the course of which they are given the opportunity to present their own understanding and existing knowledge of the international, regional and national human rights regimes, the history and philosophy of human rights, differentiation from related concepts such as refugee law and humanitarian law, the main universal and regional human rights treaties and institutions, and key principles such as universality, inalienability and indivisibility of human rights will be critically discussed. At the end of this part, students should feel comfortable in the use of basic international legal terminology.
The second part of the seminar will look at the substance of different categories of rights, and related State obligations (respect-protect-fulfil). Based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), derogations from and limitations of human rights will be explained. The right to a remedy for victims of human rights violations as developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) shall be clarified. Students will have the opportunity to apply the ECtHR’s proportionality test on a number of short cases, with the help of a step-by-step analysis tool that will be handed out to them.

Parcours : Euroculture : cultures, politiques, sociétés