Human rights and law
Human rights and law

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Human rights and law

1 Course overview

This course will look at the concept of rights in their broadest sense:

  • a freedom to do or be protected from something;

  • a claim to do or enjoy something;

  • a power to do something which affects others and not to be challenged over that use of power.

This concept of rights defines the position of an individual and does not consider collective or majority rights. As you may already know, the subject of rights, and in particular of human rights, is a growing area. There are a number of differing academic opinions as ideas about rights change and expand alongside changes and developments in society.

Activity 1: Rights

0 hours 15 minutes

There is an opportunity to consider the European Convention on Human Rights in course W100_4 Europe and the law, where there is a table listing the ECHR rights. Look at that table and think of an example of a right for each of the three categories below:

  • a freedom to do or be protected from something;

  • a claim to do or enjoy something;

  • a power to do something which affects others and not to be challenged over that use of power.

Discussion

Although there may be different ways of interpreting these categories, some of the examples you may be aware of include:

  • a freedom to do or to be protected from something, such as freedom of association, freedom from slavery and enforced labour, freedom from retrospective punishment;

  • a claim to do or enjoy something, such as the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions, the right to a fair trial;

  • a power to do something which affects others and not to be challenged over that use of power, such as the freedom to receive and impart ideas and information.

W100_5

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