What's in the Human Rights Law On-Demand Course?
Since the earliest stages of civilisation, mankind has discussed the notion of ‘human rights’ in the sense of fundamental rights that should exist for all people. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates were among the first to do so, and philosophers and legal practitioners through the ages have continued to discuss and develop our concept of human rights. Today we are accustomed to hearing stories in the news about ‘human rights’, particularly in relation to ‘human rights abuses’ committed at home or abroad, and the notion of ‘human rights’ has taken a more narrow, legal definition, though one which still seeks to preserve general freedoms and values that are conceived as being fundamental to all of us. If you’re aware of the on-going cases involving Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden, then you’re aware of some of the most important human rights legal cases of our time.
But what exactly are our human rights? And what legal foundations are there for us to fall back on when we feel that our human rights have been violated? This course looks at this highly relevant and ever-changing area of law in detail, particularly in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights and how this has been applied in the UK, a very controversial area. We shall examine the European Convention of Human Rights in general and its implications for the UK, as well as focusing on several of the most important rights in detail, such as the Right to Life and the Right to Freedom of Expression. This latter example will highlight a running theme in our discussion: the need for governments to balance protection of the rights of the individual with maintaining national security and prosperity.