Checking date: 06/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

The practice of enforcing international human rights law
Study: Master in Advanced Studies in Human Rights (67)

Coordinating teacher: VACAS FERNANDEZ, FELIX

Department assigned to the subject: Department of International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 4.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
International Human Rights Law.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
This course is aimed to examine the International practice in the protection of human rights. To this aim all the international systems of human rights protection, both at universal and regional leves, will be analysed; paying special attention to Spain. Domestic and international norms and practice will be analysed through the study of concrete cases.
Description of contents: programme
CASES ON THE APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW OF HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM 2020-21 FIRST PART. GENERAL QUESTIONS ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ON PRACTICE Lesson 1. Procedural questions on the individual communications and petitions to international institutions for the protection of human rights: ius standi, deadlines and admissibility. Lesson 2. Relations, similarities and differences between the ECHR and the ICHR: A) Procedure. B) Judgement content. C) Follow up of Judgements application. SECOND PART. ANALYSIS OF THE PROTECTION OF CERTAIN RIGHTS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE. Lesson 3. Migrants and Human Rights: A) International Law of Migration. B) European Law of Migration. C) International Protection of People: Asylum and Refuge. Lesson 4. Rights of Victims of Core International Crimes. A) Victims of core international crimes and processes of peace and transitional justice. B) The UN legal status of victims of core international crimes. C) Jurisprudence of Human Rights International Tribunal on victims of core international crimes: ECHR and ICHR. D) Victims and the International Criminal Court. Lesson 5. Forced Disappearance: multiple rights violation of multiple victims. A) Concept of forced disappearance. B) UN practice on forced disappearance. C) Forced disappearance in the jurisprudence International Human Rights Courts: ECHR and ICHR. THIRD PART. SPAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION Lesson 6. Spain and the Universal System of Human Rights Protection: A) Spanish practice on the UN conventional mechanisms. B) Spanish practice on the UN extra-conventional mechanisms; special attention to the Universal Periodic Review. Lesson 7. Spain and the European Systems of Human Rights Protection: A) Council of Europe; specially, the application of ECHR judgements in Spain. B) European Union; specially, the application of ECJ judgements in Spain. Lesson 8. The question of Missing persons in Spain: A) Spain¿s political position and jurisprudence. B) The opinion of UN and European human rights institutions on the matter.
Learning activities and methodology
-Exam of the main international documents and judgments. -Cases study.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.