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Human Rights Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Teaching Mode

The course is taught partly online and partly face-to-face. 

Contact Hours

2 hours per week




This course is being taught for the first time in the summer term 2024. 

Time Schedule and Course Venue

please see our electronic course catalogue

Course Content

In this course, the topic of human rights will be explored from a legal perspective, but with a focus on current political debates about human rights and in particular with a view to the interrelationships of various human rights protection systems. Prior knowledge of the basics of public international law is welcome, but no requirement for participation.  After an introductory session presenting an overview of the topics covered in this course, the main regional systems of human rights protection will be discussed, with a focus on the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Two sessions will deal with the interrelationship of different human rights systems, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the ECHR and the international level. Further issues will be dedicated to the international human rights regime (International Covenants on Civil & Political Rights & Social & Economic Rights). In the last part of the course, we will deal with climate litigation as a human rights issue from a comparative perspective and welcome a guest speaker to talk about her experiences in human rights advocacy. The class will require reading preparatory materials for each session and will encourage active participation in the form of short presentations. Readings will be announced and distributed through the Blackboard learning website. For inquiries, please contact andreas.orator@fu-berlin.de. 

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 25".
registration period: 2 April 2024, 9 a.m. - 12 April 2024, 12 p.m. (noon) 

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 2 April 2024, 9 a.m. - 3 May 2024, 12 a.m. (midnight)

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

Evaluation will be based on a presentation, also to be handed in in written form at the end of the semester, and possibly a written final exam (tbc).

Exam Date and Place

Presentations are to be held throughout the whole course. 

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management