3 The European Human Rights System

This session focuses on the human rights system in Europe, the most most advanced human rights system in the world.

The session will commence with a lecture on how this system has developed since the Second World War.

Key events are the founding of the Council of Europe in 1949, the adoption of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms the following year and the establishment of the European Court of Human Rights in 1959. After the lecture, the students will view a film about the European Court of Human Rights and participate in group work to analyse court cases.

Finally, the students will reflect on why this knowledge is relevant for them in their future work as journalists.

 

 LEARNING GOALS

The students shall
  • obtain knowledge about the European human rights system, including the Council of Europe, the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights
  • learn that all residents in the Council of Europe member states may bring cases before the European Court of Human Rights if they believe that their human rights under the European Convention have been violated
  • be able to use the European human rights system in their professional work

 

Description

Time
About 3 hours.

Requirements

A large room with ample space for group work, large sheets of paper, pen and paper, a copy of the European Convention of Human Rights for each participant.

Computer, projector and loudspeakers for showing film (internet access if the film has not been previously downloaded).

 

Preparation
A lecture on the European human rights system (40-60 minutes).


Session

 Educational elements

 

Authors:
Evgenyia Khoroltseva, Project Manager, Human Rights Academy (Russia/Norway)
Lillian Hjorth, Director, Human Rights Academy (Norway)

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