This 15 credit module, taught in the autumn term, aims to build upon the foundations of human rights law which are introduced in LW103 Foundations of Public Law and give students a deeper understanding of the framework within which human rights are protected in the United Kingdom. 

The module commences with consideration of the rights protected by the law of the UK. This is followed by a detailed examination of the Human Rights Act 1998, focussing in particular on sections 2, 3, 4 and 6; and of the protection of human rights at common law. We then look at the role of the European Court of Human Rights and the interaction between national and supranational institutions in this area, before taking a comparative perspective. Finally, the module will consider the future of human rights protection and the potential for reform in this area.