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International Human Rights, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
DrStuart Wallace
S.D.Wallace@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core Textbook 

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran, and Harris, International Human Rights Law (3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 2017)  

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Other Textbooks

Bantekas and Oette, International Human Rights Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

De Schutter, International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary (3rd ed, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Shelton, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Tomuschat, Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism (3rd ed, Oxford University Press 2014)

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Useful Resources 

https://www.refworld.org/ - useful for international legal decisions and documents 

https://www.echr.coe.int/ - access all judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, see also guides to jurisprudence on specific articles.

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/ - excellent source for historical legal documents 

https://opil.ouplaw.com/home/EPIL - excellent source for annotated international case law and primer for international legal concepts 

http://www.corteidh.or.cr - Inter-American Court Website 

treaties.un.org - repository for international treaties

 

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Topic 1: International Human Rights Law as Public International Law 

Primary reading:

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapter 4.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

De Schutter, International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary (3rd ed, Cambridge University Press, 2019) 58-118  [this book was recently released reading older versions of this is also fine- the section is Human Rights as part of International Law [excluding section on reservations] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further Reading:

Cassese, International Law (Oxford University Press, 2004) Chapters 1, 3-4, 8-11, 19

Simma and Alston, 'The Sources of Human Rights Law: Custom, Jus Cogens and General Principles' (1992) 12 Australian Yearbook of International Law 82

Bianchi, ‘Human Rights and the Magic of Jus Cogens’ (2008) European Journal of International Law 491

International Law Commission Report on Fragmentation

Montevideo Convention 1933

UNGA Friendly Relations Declaration

ILC Articles - Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts [esp Article 33]

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [esp. Article 53]

Belgium v Spain "Barcelona Traction" [ICJ]

Al-Adsani v UK [European Court of Human Rights]

 

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Topic 2: The History of International Human Rights Law 

Primary Reading:

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapter 1  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Shelton, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2015) Chapters 7, 8, 9  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further Reading:

Tomuschat, Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism (3rd ed, Oxford University Press 2014) Chapter 2.

Osiatyński, The Historical Development of Human Rights in Sheeran and Rodley (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2014) 9-24.

Rodley, N., ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Learning from Experience’ (2008) 5 (1) Essex Human Rights Review. - Available online: http://projects.essex.ac.uk/ehrr/V5N1/Rodley.pdf

Clapham, A., Human rights : a very short introduction (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007) 23-57. 

Magna Carta and Human Rights

Many documents discussed are available at Avalon Project

 

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Topic 3: Core Principles in International Human Rights Law 1 - Human Dignity, Universality and Equality 

Primary Reading:

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapter 8.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 24/09/2019) 

Dembour, Who Believes in Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2006) Chapter 6. 

Wackenheim v France [HR CTE]  

Tyrer v UK [ECtHR]  

Eweida v UK [ECtHR] 

Further Reading:

Tomuschat, Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism (3rd ed, Oxford University Press 2014) Chapter 4 and 5.

McCrudden, "Human Dignity and Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights" (2008) 19 European Journal of International Law 655 – 724.

Donnelly, "Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights" (1984) 6 Human Rights Quarterly 400-419.

Mutua, Human Rights a Political and Cultural Critique (University of Pennsylvania Press 2002).

Arnardóttir, “The Differences that Make a Difference: Recent Developments on the Discrimination Grounds and the Margin of Appreciation under Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights” (2014) 14(4) Human Rights Law Review 647–670.

Choudhury, “Interpreting the right to equality under Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” [2003] European Human Rights Law Review 24

Kindler v Canada [HR CTE]

DH v Czech Republic [ECtHR]

Handyside v UK [ECtHR] 

UN Human Rights Committee, General Comment No.18 

 

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Topic 4: Core Principles in International Human Rights Law 2 - Rule of Law, Subsidiarity and Other principles

Primary Reading 

Bingham, "The Rule of Law" (2007) Cambridge Law Journal 67-85.  

Mowbray, “Subsidiarity and the European Convention on Human Rights” (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review 313-341.  

SAS v France [ECtHR]  

SW v UK  [ECtHR]  

ROJ TV v Denmark [ECtHR]  

Norwood v UK [ECtHR]  

Further Reading 

Antoine Buyse ‘Dangerous Expressions: the ECHR, Violence and Free Speech’ (2014) ICLQ 491

Letsas, ‘Two Concepts of the Margin of Appreciation’ (2006) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 705–732.

McGoldrick, ‘A Defence of the Margin of Appreciation and an Argument for tts Application by the Human Rights Committee’ (2016) 65 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 21-60.

Besson, "Subsidiarity in International Human Rights Law—What is Subsidiary about Human Rights?" (2016) 61 American Journal of Jurisprudence 69–107. 

Paul Craig, ‘Formal and Substantive Conceptions of the Rule of Law: An Analytical Framework’ (1997) 21 Public Law 467-487.

Simon Chesterman, ‘An International Rule of Law?’ (2008) 56 American Journal of Comparative Law 331-361.

Sunday Times v UK [ECtHR] 

 

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Topic 5: The Nature and Scope of Obligations in IHRL 

Primary Reading

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapter 5 and 6 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 24/09/2019) .  

Wallace, The Application of the European Convention on Human Rights to Military Operations (Cambridge University Press, 2019) p.1-48  

Further Reading

Tomuschat, Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism (3rd ed, Oxford University Press 2014) Chapter 8

Alston, P. and Quinn, G., ‘The Nature and Scope of States Parties’ Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ (1987) 9 (2) Human rights quarterly. 156-229

Mowbray, The Development of Positive Obligations Under the European Convention on Human Rights by the European Court of Human Rights (Hart 2004)

General Comment no.24 (ICCPR)

General Comment no.29 (ICCPR)

General Comment no.31 (ICCPR)

Velasquez Rodriguez v Honduras (Inter-American Court)

Lopez Burgos v Uruguay (Human Rights Committee)

Osman v UK (ECtHR)

Al-Jedda v UK (ECtHR)

Al-Skeini v UK (ECtHR)

Janowiec v Russia (ECtHR)

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Topic 6: The UN System of International Human Rights Protection

Primary Reading

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapter 19 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 24/09/2019) .  

Egan, S., ‘Strengthening the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System’ (2013) 13 (2) Human Rights Law Review 209-43  

Read Reports submitted for UK's Universal Periodic Review in 2017 

National Report  https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/Documentation.aspx

Compilation of UN Information  https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/Documentation.aspx

Summary of stakeholders' information  https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/Documentation.aspx

Further Reading

Subedi, ‘Protection of Human Rights through the Mechanism of UN Special Rapporteurs’ (2011) 33 (1) Human Rights Quarterly. 201-228.

Freedman’, ‘New Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council’ (2011) 29 (3) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 289-323.

O’Flaherty and O’Brien, ‘Reform of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies: A Critique of the Concept Paper on the High Commissioner's Proposal for a Unified Standing Treaty Body’ (2007) 7 (1) Human Rights Law Review. 141-72.

OHCHR, Strengthening the United Nations human rights treaty body system - A report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2012) 

Compilation of guidelines on the form and content of reports to be submitted by States parties to the international human rights treaties : report of the Secretary-General

UNGA Resolution 60/251

 

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Topic 7: Regional Systems of International Human Rights Protection

Primary Reading

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris, International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Chapters 20-23.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 24/09/2019) 

Further Reading

International Justice Resource Center - Overview of Regional Human Rights Bodies

Shelton and Carozza, Regional Protection of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Bates, The Evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Harris, O'Boyle, Bates and Buckley, Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Schabas, The European Convention on Human Rights:A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015) 

Viljoen, International Human Rights Law in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2007) 

Murray, Human Rights in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Antkowiak and Gonza, The American Convention on Human Rights: Essential Rights (Oxford University Press, 2017) 

Burgogue and de Torres, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Case Law and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2011)

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Topic 8: The Right to Life

Primary Reading 

Wicks, The Right of Life and Conflicting Interests (OUP 2010) Chapter 3   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

General Comment no.6 (ICCPR)  

Use of Force case - Makaratzis v Greece [ECtHR] [Read paras 10-14, 33-80]  

Forced Disappearances - Elcida Arévalo Perez et al. v. Colombia [Human Rights Committee]  

Positive Obligation to protect life - Mastromatteo v Italy [Read paras 10-43, 53-97]  

Obligation to investigate - Armani da Silva v UK [Read paras 229–239]  

Further reading

Regional Systems

Harris, O’Boyle, Bates and Buckley, Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (3rd edn, OUP, 2018) Chapter 5

Joseph and Castan, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (3rd edn, OUP, 2013) Chapter 8.

Antkowiak and Gonza, The American Convention on Human Rights: Essential Rights (OUP, 2017) Section III(E)

Specific topics

Wallace, The Application of the European Convention on Human Rights to Military Operations (Cambridge University Press, 2019) Chapters 3 and 4.

Koch, 'The Difficulty of Temporal Jurisdiction in Janowiec and Others v. Russia' (2015) 38 Boston College International and Comparative Law Review 43

Cosentino, ‘Safe and Legal Abortion: An Emerging Human Right? The Long-lasting Dispute with State Sovereignty in ECHR Jurisprudence’ (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review 569

Draghici, ‘The Blanket ban on assisted suicide: between moral paternalism and utilitarian justice’ [2015] European Human Rights Law Review 286-97;

Mowbray, ‘Duties of Investigation under the European Convention on Human Rights’ (2002) 51 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 437.

This list was last updated on 09/10/2019