European Fundamental Rights Law
Full course description
This course aims to study system of fundamental rights protection in the European Union. This system(s) of the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union involve(s) bills of rights, institutions and mechanisms located in at least three separate but interlocked scenes: the national system, the international level encompassing various international human rights systems, mainly the Council of Europe with its European Convention of Human Rights, and the European Union. The result is a highly complex legal environment, consisting of systems that are often overlapping and complementary, but also competing at times. This course seeks to offer a clear insight in how the overall system functions, how the different scenes interrelate, how the systems and mechanisms operate and how individuals can have their rights protected.
The course offers a clear insight in the complex European system(s) of fundamental rights protection, the interrelation of the various scenes and their main actors, the overall functioning of the interlocking systems, and channels open to individuals to have their rights protected.
At the end of the course the student has gained a solid understanding of the systems of fundamental rights protection, is able to analyse, appraise and compare the case law of the relevant courts at national and European level. The student can predict the outcome of cases, and can formulate a litigation strategy for potential clients. The student can solve hypothetical cases and formulate decisions on them. The student can develop a solidly founded argument on complex issues of fundamental rights protection in Europe.
Students wishing to take this course should have a good knowledge of EU law as well as basic knowledge of the ECHR and domestic constitutional law.
The reading materials for the course are listed in the course book and are easily accessible either on the website of the institution concerned or (in the case of journal articles) among the electronic resources of the UM library.