Module Details

LW920-7-AU-CO: The Inter-American System Of Human Rights

Year: 2017/18
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Clara Sandoval-Villalba
Teaching Staff: Dr Clara Sandoval and Patricia Palacios-Zuloaga
Contact details: School of Law, University of Essex. Telephone: 01206 872862; Email: csando (non essex users should add

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module studies the work carried out by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court, usually referred as the two bodies of the Inter-American System. While it does not cover exclusively its legal and quasijudicial and judicial dimensions, they are the object of particular analysis in the module. The course will set the work of the System in context and will analyse its understanding of various rights under the American Convention and other applicable treaties and instruments. In particular it will look at the rights to life, humane treatment, personal liberty, fair trial, judicial guarantees, indigenous rights, violence against women, non-discrimination and equality, socio-economic rights and the right to reparation.
When relevant, the module will combine traditional teaching with films and guest speakers to enhance understanding of the achievements, challenges and impact of the System in relation to human rights protection in the Americas region.

Learning and Teaching Methods


100 per cent Exam Mark

Other information

Available to: PG students in Human Rights


  • Consult the syllabus of the module for recommended essential reading.

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Prof Philip Leach
    Institution: Middlesex University
    Academic Role: Professor