Posted: August 3rd, 2022

International Protection of Human Rights

International Protection of Human Rights Marking & Feedback Form

Coursework – page1. Instructions-page 2 – 4

 

 

Comments
Section 1: Context Describe the abuse(s) and its (their) context

 

Explain where, how and, most importantly, why, in your researched opinion, the abuse(s) is (are) occurring)

 

 

 

 

/20

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent (15 – 20); Very good (12 – 13); Good (10 – 11); Pass (8 – 9); Poor (0-7)
Section 2: International Law State the sources of international law

 

State and apply international human rights law to the abuse(s)

 

 

 

 

/20

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent (15 – 20); Very good (12 – 13); Good (10 – 11); Pass (8 – 9); Poor (0-7)
Section 3: The UN Describe and evaluate the relevant UN procedural action

 

Consider what further action might be taken by the UN

 

 

 

 

/30

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent (21 – 30); Very good (18 – 20); Good (15 – 17); Pass (12 – 14); Poor (0 – 11)
Section 4: Alternative Strategies Describe and evaluate complementary and alternative strategies and procedures

 

Offer reasoned conclusions why particular procedures and strategies should be used, adopted or continued

 

 

 

 

/30

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent (21 – 30); Very good (18 – 20); Good (15 – 17); Pass (12 – 14); Poor (0 – 11)
 

 

TOTAL MARK:

 

 

WORD LIMIT:                                   6,000 words

 

 

Submission Instructions:

 

The coursework should be submitted as a Word document.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Assessment

 

ANSWER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

 

1) …(Insert your chosen human rights abuse) in … (insert your chosen country): A critical evaluation of procedures and strategies for the International Protection of Human Rights;

 

or

 

2) …(Insert your chosen human rights abuse: A critical evaluation of procedures and strategies for the International Protection of Human Rights

 

(This essay should be illustrated by a range of case studies and examples).

 

 

 

 

  1. Assessment criteria

 

Credit will be awarded for this assessment based on the following criteria:

 

Your answer should:

 

  1. Describe the abuse(s) and its(their) context (explain where, how and, most importantly, why, in your opinion, the abuse(s) is(are) occurring) (20 Marks);

 

  1. State and apply International Human Rights Law to the abuse(s) (20 Marks);

 

  1. Describe and evaluate the relevant UN procedural action (and consider what further action might be taken by the UN) (30 Marks);

 

  1. Describe and evaluate complementary and alternative strategies and procedures.

 

These might include:

 

Action by citizens and NGO’s of the country;

Action to support those citizens and NGO’s;

Action by foreign Governments, including the UK and the EU; and

Action by foreign citizens and NGO’s;

 

Offer reasoned conclusions why particular procedures and strategies should be used, adopted or continued (30 Marks).

 

  1. Guidance

 

For Question 1), you are advised to select a narrow, specific abuse or cluster of abuses that is/are a clear breach of international human rights law and has/have been acted upon by the UN.

 

For Question 2), you are advised to select, as case-studies and examples, specific abuses that are clear breaches of international human rights law and have been acted upon by the UN.

 

In describing the abuse(s) and its/their context, be careful to avoid merely ‘cutting and pasting’ material from the reports. You should aim to be as brief as possible, without omitting essentials, providing an effective summary with appropriate referencing.

 

When evaluating the UN procedures, you should identify what those procedures are intended to achieve and what in fact they do achieve. You should then consider how they might be made more effective.

 

When evaluating complementary and alternative strategies and procedures, you should briefly review the alternatives and then concentrate on those you consider most likely to be effective.

 

The coursework will identify specific human rights abuses and their cultural, economic, political and social background. The coursework will analyse and evaluate actual and potential legal, political and diplomatic strategies and procedures to combat those abuses.

 

  1. Presentation instructions

 

  • The word limit is 6,000. Footnotes and bibliographies do not count towards this total. Footnotes must only be used for referencing and not for additional text. You should provide a Bibliography but Appendices are not required.

 

 

  • Standard OSCOLA referencing guidelines must be followed –. All sources and quotations must be accurately referenced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. select and apply international human rights law to specific human rights abuses in a selected foreign country;
  2. analyse and evaluate actual and potential strategies and procedures for combating specific human rights abuses in a selected foreign country;
  3. reason critically and argue effectively about international human rights issues, recognising alternative points of view and offering reasoned opinions supported by authority or evidence.

 

  1. plan and carry out an extended programme of independent study, analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of different strategies and procedures for the international protection of human rights in the context of specific human rights abuses in a selected foreign country;
  2. identify research questions and carry out research using a variety of media;
  3. plan their research, including setting priorities in terms of relevance and importance;
  4. plan and manage their work, including setting priorities in terms of importance and deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Resources

 

CORE READING:

 

R Smith, International Human Rights Law (9th edn), 2020, OUP

 

P Alston & R Goodman, International Human Rights, 2012, OUP

 

OPTIONAL READING

 

J Rehman, International Human Rights Law, 2nd Edition, Pearson

 

R K M Smith, Textbook on International Human Rights, 6th Edition, OUP

 

Additional Reading:

 

A Cassese, International Law, 2nd Edition, OUP

 

A Cassese & P Gaeta, Cassese’s International Criminal Law, 3rd Edition, OUP

 

M Evans, International Law, 4th Edition, OUP

 

Geoffrey Robertson, Crimes against Humanity, 2nd Edition, Penguin Books

 

 

Amnesty International             http://www.amnesty.org

 

Human Rights Watch             http://www.hrw.org

 

UN High Commission

for Human Rights                                          http://www.ohcher.org

 

 

 

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