Human Rights Law  Short Courses

Human rights law is a pervasive subject, particularly as UK legislation needs to be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights signed in 1950. Students are given cases from various areas of law including family, criminal, refugee and employment law within which human rights articles have been invoked. In this course students learn what the specific Rights are. In addition, they learn about the rights and obligations that the state and the individual respectively have. Lively discussions are held on current issues concerning human rights, e.g. the application of the law to suspected terrorists, or the exercise of freedom of expression concerning articles that may appear obscene. The main topics covered are the treatment of aliens, the right to life, ill-treatment, liberty and security, fair hearing, privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, discrimination and terrorism law.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 6 October 2015 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £415.00 CS1987 Apply Now
Tuesday 12 January 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £415.00 CS1987 Apply Now
Tuesday 26 April 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £415.00 CS1987 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Nasreen Choudhury, a non-practising solicitor, came onto the Roll of Solicitors in 2004 and previously practised as a solicitor in the areas of welfare, immigration, family and criminal law. She has worked in private practice and for non-governmental agencies representing clients in high profile cases up to and including at the High Court.


The Human Rights Law course is open to all students with an interest in law and related topics. No formal qualifications are required. Study will involve reading and analysing student law texts.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • How Human Rights law touches and affects our everyday lives;
  • How to approach the study of Human Rights in its legal context;
  • To understand the ways in which Human Rights law interacts with other legal disciplines;
  • How to analyse and apply the provisions of the Human Rights Act.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction and remedies;
  • Torture and treatment of aliens;
  • Liberty and security: police powers;
  • Right to life;
  • Contempt of court;
  • Public order and freedom of association;
  • Freedom of expression and obscenity;
  • Privacy and secrecy;
  • Discrimination;
  • Terrorism.

Teaching and Assessment

Classes are delivered by means of lectures and group discussion. Students are invited to contribute by presenting personally prepared topics. Written work will be suggested by the tutor to supplement the talks and in-class exercises may be used to test students' knowledge.

Recommended Reading

Reading Material:

Merris Amos: Human Rights Law, Hart Publishing 2006
Gearty: Civil Liberties, OUP (2007)
Fenwick & Phillipson: Public Law and Human Rights, Routledge (2011)

Online resources: Human Rights Act 1998 on

Leads To...

On successful completion of this course students will feel confident in proceeding on to more advanced Human Rights studies and other related areas in Public Law and International Law disciplines.

Human Rights (MA)

International Politics and Human Rights (MA)

Career Outcome

Students will acquire:

1) an understanding of how English Law operates in the Human Rights context;

2) an awareness of how Human Rights Law relates to other disciplines;

3) a knowledge of how Human Rights actions are pursued in UK courts;

4) the skills necessary to place Human Rights Law in its international context.

Application Deadline: