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Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology B.A.LL.B - B.A.LL.B. (Honours) SAL1553 International Human Rights Syllabus

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology School of Law

SAL1553 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
L T P Credit Total Marks
4 1 0 4 100

UNIT 1 – HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 15Hrs.
Historical origins- state and self-determination-Ideological foundations- normative differences between "civil rights",
"constitutional rights" and "human rights"-The charter and the declaration: universality, inalienability and right-balancing
introduced in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UNIT 2 – HUMAN RIGHTS NORMS 18Hrs.
International Bill of Rights- UN- The ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) Framework
Provisions-The Prohibition against Torture -Economic and Social Rights-Minority Rights-Universal Declaration of Human
Rights (UDHR).

UNIT 3 – HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS 18Hrs.
The Charter and Treaty Bodies- Regional Arrangements: emergence of regional arrangements for human rights –
advantages and disadvantages of promoting human rights on a regional basis- Critical Perspectives: criticisms against the
human rights movement- effectiveness and legitimacy and exposing its alleged biases.

UNIT 4 – PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS 17Hrs.
Human Rights, Peace, Non-Violence, and Conflict Resolution-Implementing Human Rights Standards and Required
Legal Aid, Remedies and Reforms-Role of Judiciary- Role of National Human Rights Commission and State Legal aid -Public
Interest Litigation and Media- Refugee right- rights of prisoners and prison reforms- rights of women and children- Role of
other agencies- Rights of Children- Convention on Rights of Children- CEDAW.

UNIT 5 – IMPLEMENTATION, ENFORCEMENT, REMEDIES OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW 17Hrs.
Magna Carta- International enforcement of international law of human rights- International adjudication- International
political implementation- International procedures for making human rights complaints within the UN system.
Max.85 Hrs.

COURSE OUTCOME:
On completion of the course the student will be able to
CO1: Identify main historical trends in the development of international human rights law.
CO2:Compare the international human rights law system and regional human rights law systems.
CO3:Evaluate the various mechanisms and procedures for human rights law enforcement.
CO4: Critically assess specific areas of international human rights law with reference to relevant legal instruments and
contemporary cases.
CO5: Reflect on the lessons drawn from international human rights law about the domestic human rights situation.
CO6: This Course will equip the Student with the required Professional Skills.

TEXT/REFERENCE BOOKS
1. Upendra Baxi, “The Future of Human Rights”, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
2. Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah and Sandesh Sikumaran “International Human Rights Law”, 2014.
3. Alison Bisset, “Blackstone’s International Human Rights Documents”, 2014.
4. Asbjorn Eide, “International protection of human rights”, Strasbourg, 1995.
5. Henry Steiner, Philip Alston, “International Human Rights in Context- Law, Politics and Morals”, 2000.

END SEMESTER EXAMINATION QUESTION PAPER PATTERN
Max. Marks:100 Exam Duration: 3 Hrs.
PART A: 6 Questions to be answered out of 8 questions and each question carries 5 Marks 30 Marks
PART B: 4 questions to be answered out of 8 questions (Internal Choice) and each question carries 10 Marks 40 Marks
PART C: 2 Questions/Problems to be answered out of 4 questions/problems and each carries 15 marks 30 Marks
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