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Human Rights Law (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours)
Dates: August, 02 - 20 

 
The main purpose of the course is to provide international students a basic knowledge of International Human Rights Law, focusing on the principal international and regional legal instruments for the protection and the promotion of fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as addressing the international judicial and quasi-judicial human rights bodies at the universal level and the ECHR. 

After a short overview of the historical development of IHRL, the first part of the course will focus on the UN treaties and bodies for the protection of human rights. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the study of the regional systems of protection of human rights. In particular, the course  analyze  the European Convention on Human Rights and the rights protected therein, such as the right to life, the prohibition of torture, inhumane and degrading treatments, the right to liberty, the right of fair trail, the right to opinion and to freedom of speech, the right to family as well as the prohibition of discrimination etc. Finally, the course will explain the methods of international judicial and quasi- judicial human rights bodies at the universal and regional level.

NEW Conflicts of Fundamental Rights Before Constitutional Courts: A Comparative Perspective 
(2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours)
Dates: June, 28 - July, 9

 
Constitutional courts in democratic countries are often confronted with the need to strike a fair balance between fundamental rights and interests of the general public. Which doctrines and theories may assist the courts in reconciling conflicting rights and interests? This comparative course is devoted to exploring the jurisprudence on the restrictions of fundamental rights that aim at countering such paramount contemporary threats, as terrorism, the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of populism, economic crisis, etc. It develops the students’ critical thinking by engaging them in a thorough comparison of possible solutions to highly controversial constitutional dilemmas. The course advances the students’ abilities to generate compelling legal arguments, mitigate conflicts, draw on the doctrines and principles of constitutional law for a comparative analysis of related problems.

The course is designed particularly for students interested in performing comparative research and/or fancying a career in constitutional and human rights litigation, as well as in  legislative or judicial bodies. Course prerequisites: Constitutional Law, Introduction to Human Rights.

NEW International Intellectual Property Law (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours)
Dates: August, 02 - 20

 
The main purpose of the course is to provide international students a basic knowledge of International Intellectual Property Law, focusing on the principal international and regional legal instruments for the protection and the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

After a short overview of the historical development of international protection of copyrights and industrial rights, the first part of the course will focus on WIPO administered treaties (Berne, Paris, Madrid, Hague, Lisbon, etc.). The second, practical part of the course is dedicated to the case studies with a focus on protection and enforcement of IP rights.

During studies at this course, each of the students will have an opportunity to enhance their legal writing and legal research skills, as well as practice public speaking.

Each student will receive a task of presenting the case study on the topics provided by or agreed with the course instructor. The presentation forms 0.5 of the overall grade for the course, while remaining 0.5 is attributed to the written exam on the special LMS platform. 

* all dates TBC