Class Human Rights

  • Presentation


    The curricular unit is related to the protection of human rights in a more in-depth perspective than that of a bachelor degree , especially concerning the current problems of pre-trial detention, the hospitalization of offenders in a psychiatric institution, emigration, counter-terrorism, gender equality, domestic violence, minors in conflict with the law, the right to a fair trial, extradition, protection of the environment, the right to respect for private and family life, among others, and to know, in a comparative perspective, the national and the European Court of Human Rights' case law applicable in this area.

    Special emphasis will also be given to the procedural aspects relating to the complaint to the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. The Universality of Human Rights
    2. The Basic Principles of Human Rights in light of Human Rights Conventions and Jurisprudence 
    2.1 Dignity
    2.2 Equality
    2.3 Proportionality
    2.4 Non-retroactivity
    2.5 Non refoulement 
    3. Human Rights and Criminal Justice
    3.1 Main Problems
    3.2 Restorative Justice
    3.3 Preventive Justice
    3.4 Duties and Responsibility of the State
    4. Access to the Law in matters of Human Rights
    4.1 Access to Law as a human right 
    4.2 The Complaint at ECHR (procedural requirements)
    5. Analysis of cases in light of the ECHR and ECHR Jurisprudence:  Death, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment; Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labor; Climate change; Freedom of expression; Extradition; Collective Expulsion; Illegal Deprivation of Liberty; Judicial errors and  Delay in legal proceedings.  
  • Objectives


    Pave the way for professional, academic and research expertise in human rights. Endow students with the skills of understanding current human rights issues relevant to a master's degree in legal criminal sciences. To prepare them for apllying the acquired knowledge to legal practice as well as to provide them with consistent training, critical and analytical skills in this area of law.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Studing real cases by using the technological material available in the class room and testimonials from guest speakers

  • References


    Ana M. Guerra Martins (2019) "O migrante e o refugiado.." Estudos de Direito Internacional e Direito da União Europeia. Almedina.

    Aaron X. Fellmeth (2016) Paradigms of International Human Rights. Oxford University Press.

    CEJ (2013) Jurisprudência do Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos do Homem: Casos Nacionais. Edição CEJ.

    Emmanuel DECAUX et al (2019) Justice et Droits de L'Homme. Mélanges en Hommage à Christine Chanet. Pedone

    Lígia C. Abreu (novembro 2019) "Estatutos Especiais de Proteção: Crianças." Comentário da CEDH e dos Protocolos Adicionais. Coord. Paulo P. de Albuquerque. Editora Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

    Paulo P. de Albuquerque et al. (novembro 2019), Comentário da Convenção Europeia dos Direitos Humanos e dos Protocolos Adicionais. Editora Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


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