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Human rights and law
Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do...
Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This unit looks at the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and its influence on law in the UK and examines the Human Rights Act 1998.
After studying this unit you should:
- understand the historical growth of the idea of human rights;
- be aware of the international context of human rights;
- be aware of the position of human rights in the UK prior to 1998;
- understand the importance of the Human Rights Act 1998;
- have practised analysing and evaluating concepts and ideas;
- have started to see links between the core concepts of rules, rights and justice.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Unit overview
- 2 Part A: The growth of international human rights and humanitarian law
- 3 Part B: The European Convention on Human Rights
- 3.1 Part B overview
- 3.2 What is the European Convention on Human Rights?
- 3.3 What were the fundamental human rights which required protection?
- 3.4 The development of the European Convention on Human Rights
- 3.5 The European Court of Human Rights
- 3.6 The terms of the European Convention on Human Rights
- 3.7 The growth of the ECHR
- 3.8 Summary of Part B
- 4 Part C: The English courts and human rights
- 5 Review of the learning outcomes
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Human rights and law
This unit considers the growth of human rights and humanitarian law before looking at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in detail. It will also look at the position of human rights in the UK and the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998.
This free course is an adapted extract relevant to The Open University course W100 Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 15th June 2011
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