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Current Issues in European Human Rights Protection

The Council of Europe’s work in the field of human rights are now of significance across the globe. This course explores particular aspects of these innovative judicial and non-judicial standards and mechanisms of protection.

The Council of Europe has been able to achieve innovative systems of effective protection of human rights at a regional level. Its success in promoting respect for civil and political rights, first through the establishment and progressive development of an enforcement machinery under the European Convention on Human Rights and then through the entry into force of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture or Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, is without parallel.

We will focus upon 3 areas of particular interest: protection of physical integrity (life; prohibition of ill-treatment; deprivation of liberty); religious liberty; and aspects of personal autonomy. Participants will be expected to read the course materials in advance of the class (including primary source materials) and to take a leading part in group discussions and presentations.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

A bachelor's degree in Law.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.


Jim Murdoch

Academic profile

Jim Murdoch is Professor of Public Law at University of Glasgow. His research interests center around British public law, European human rights protection, and non-judicial mechanisms for human rights protection.