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Human Rights Law Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Human rights law is a pervasive subject, particularly as UK legislation needs to be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. For those with an interest in fundamental rights, this thought-provoking course is ideal.

Why choose this course?

This introductory short course in Human Rights Law provides an excellent overview of the specific human rights and the rights and obligations that the state and individuals have.

The course is taught by a professional lawyer at our central London location, and includes debate and discussion of relevant issues.

Course overview

Students on this Human Rights Law short course are given cases from various areas of law including family, criminal, refugee and employment law within which human rights articles have been invoked.

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.

  • “ I really enjoyed this course. The tutor was approachable and patient with our questions. ”

    Hayley Brock

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

You will 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



English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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

Recommended reading

  • Merris Amos: Human Rights Law, Hart Publishing 2014
  • Gearty: Civil Liberties, OUP (2007)
  • Fenwick & Phillipson: Public Law and Human Rights, Routledge (2011)

Online resources:

Human Rights Act 1998 on

Tutor information

  • Nasreen Choudhury

    Nasreen Choudhury, a non-practicing solicitor, came onto the Roll of Solicitors in 2004 and previously practiced as a solicitor in the areas of welfare, immigration, family and criminal law.

    Nasreen has worked in private practice and for non-governmental agencies representing clients in high profile cases up to and including at the High Court.