LLAW6075 National protection of human rights

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6075
Course name: National Protection of Human Rights
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

The seminar on National Protection of Human Rights offers an opportunity to explore human rights in the national context, with a special emphasis on our Asian region. Students will explore the important themes of human rights in Asia, with particular attention to domestic constitutional questions such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law. With nearly two-thirds of the world’s population and a diverse assortment of cultures and conditions, the Asian region offers a microcosm of human rights challenges and conditions around the globe. While the human rights movement has made extraordinary strides in the post-World War II era to develop global standards and institutions it has been plagued by weak implementation at the local level. Significant regional human rights treaties and institutions in Europe, Africa and the Americas have sought to address this deficiency on a regional level with mixed success. As the only region without a comprehensive regional human rights regime, Asia has relied more completely on domestic constitutionalism and local institutional practices to articulate and implement human rights commitments. This has made the human rights debate more seriously a matter of local politics and legal culture. In this respect, Asia has had a noteworthy engagement with some of the central themes in the human rights debate, relating human rights to culture, to the political economy of development, democratization, autonomy, and development of civil society. The seminar will explore these rich national themes in the Asian context.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Michael Davis Michael.davis@wilsoncenter.org N/A By email


2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand historical challenges in the founding of constitutional systems.

CLO 2 Appreciate constitutional development and human rights challenges in developmental contexts, especially in Asia.

CLO 3 Describe and evaluate the working of national human rights institutions and associated laws in variable national contexts with reference to Asia.

CLO 4 Achieve a basic understanding of comparative political, economic and cultural values debates confronting human rights in various developmental contexts.

CLO 5 Research, write, present and critically analyze human rights issues in the national context.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programmes Learning Outcomes to be achieved in the courses

CLO 1  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓
CLO 3  ✓  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Response Papers - two response papers (max 500 words each) and discussion TBC 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Presentation on research paper 11 & 18 Nov 2020 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper (max 5,000-6,000 words including footnotes ) 20 Nov 2020 (presentation:  11 Nov 2020)

25 Nov 2020 (presentation: 18 Nov 2020)

70% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

Activity In class Preparation
Lecture (with discussion) 3 hours 3 - 6 hours
Response paper/discussion 1 hour (average) 1 hour averaged over term
Research Paper Presentation 15 minutes (once) 1 hour averaged over term
Research paper N/A as required


5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: There is no prescribed textbook for the course, but a brief bibliography will be made available to students in due course. A list of the discussion topics and related prescribed readings will be circulated prior to the first class, containing the prescribed readings (reading assignments) for each class. A number of optional further readings will also be included. The reading materials should be available in the Library or through electronic databases, with some of them also available via Moodle.
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.