This course offers an introduction to issues of constitutional law and human rights law. It prepares students for further study and research in these areas of law in the advanced courses in the master of laws programme.
It consists of two equal parts:
1) an exploration of the extent to which fundamental rules laid down in constitutional law enable and disable the operation of government by focusing on issues such as the role and value of an entrenched constitution, the recognition of constitutional rights and freedoms and the practice of judicial review;
2) a basic introduction to human rights law, including:
- normative instruments and accountability mechanisms;
- interpreation and application techniques;
- contemporary challenges for human rights law.