Minor International Relations & Human Rights Law

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Human Rights Law: Foundational principles, basic doctrines, contemporary challenges, including sovereignty, democracy, religion, etc.

International Relations: Traditional and contemporary theories of international relations will be discussed as well as current debates relating to international practices from a human rights perspective, including sovereignty, democracy, international responsibility, etc.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the history, theories and issues of international relations theories;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main human rights provisions and ways of their enforcement;
  •  Understand the role of interpretation principles characteristic of human rights;
  • Articulate an informed view about current debates on human rights enforcement in international relations.
  •  Analyze and present a case on one of these issues

Special aspects

Afternoon lectures and whole day study visits.

Overview content

There are two sessions scheduled for each week. There will be eight 3-hour in-class sessions in the nine (9) weeks. Each session will have its own required readings (which have to be read prior to the class). There will be three sessions of visits to The Hague and one 3 hour-session of written exam.
The meetings will be in the form of seminars. They will include interactive lectures, simulations and case studies.

Teaching methods

This minor will consist of mixed-method teachings where participatory lectures, cases, simulations and presentations will be a part of the curriculum.
In addition site visits are anticipated to key institutions, such as the International Criminal Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), so as to enable the students to witness the practical application of the principles studied.

Teaching materials

Books, articles and smart board.


Method of examination
Research, presentations and short essays

Composition final grade
Professional behaviour (10%)
Assignment I (Human Rights Law) (30%)
Assignment II (International Relations) (20%)
Combined Written Examination (40%)

Final Exam;
- Correctness of (legal) argumentation
- Engaging with prescribed literature and sources
- Structure, style and persuasiveness of essay

Contact information

Phyllis Livaha
room: EUC office

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Broadening minor
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Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam | Erasmus University College


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