School of Law

SOLM066 Social Rights (Sem 2)

Module Description

Social Rights examines the contribution of law to making poverty history. The course critically examines the role of international and comparative law in constructing and maintaining historic and current social, political and economic inequalities. The course will analyse the law’s potential and limitations as an instrument of redistributive and egalitarian social, economic, cultural and political change.
lnn addition legal  and political philosophies focussing on the separation of powers, justiciability and institutional conversations.

The history of the different systems of implementation will be studied together with new developments both procedural and substantive within the United Nations human rights machinery. The implementation of positive obligations on governments within the African Union, the Organisation of American States as well as within Europe are also analysed.

International and Comparative Social Rights  will also include comparative jurisprudence from Argentina, India, Philippines, South Africa and Venezuela as well as other relevant jurisdictions and will explore the potential of these different approaches for other democracies.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay

Credits

15 Credits