Postgraduate course

European Human Rights

  • ECTS credits20
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeJUS276-2-B
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits

20 ECTS Credits

Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Bergen Law Faculty

Objectives and Content

The course focuses on the Council of Europe system for human rights protection.

Firstly, the history and background of the system, its institutions and the relationship between them are explored. Main emphasis is put on the European Court of Human Rights: what is it, how does it work, its legal method, the relationship between the Court and national Courts, and the Court's main challenges for the future.

Secondly, some of the substantive rights of the European Convention of Human Rights are given considerable attention: the right to life; the prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment; the right to personal liberty and security; the right to a fair trial; the right to private and family life; the freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and the freedom of expression.

Learning Outcomes

Passing the course, students will have acquired thorough, in-depth knowledge on the current status and challenges of the Council of Europe system for human rights protection.

The combination of an overreaching understanding of the Council of Europe human rights regime as a whole, and a detailed knowledge of the substantive human rights, will enable the students to make accurate, independent and critical analyses of current and future topics within the field.

Required Previous Knowledge

Three years of university studies

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Three years of law studies

Access to the Course

The course is available for the following students:

  • Admitted to the integrated master programme in law
  • Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
  • Granted admission to elective courses at the Faculty of Law
  • Granted additional right to study following completed master degree in law at UiB
  • Exchange students at the Faculty of Law

The pre-requirements may still limit certain students' access to the course

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching


Forms of Assessment

Semester with teaching: 4 hour digital school exam

Semester without teaching: 4 hour digital school exam - resit

Information about digital examination can be found here:


A - E for passed, F for failed.

Exam language:

  • Question paper: English
  • Answer paper: English

Examination Support Material

Support materials allowed during school exam:

See section 3-5 of the Supplementary Regulations for Studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen.

Special regulations about dictionaries:

  • According to the Regulations for Studies, one dictionary is permitted support material during the examination. Bilingual dictionaries containing for example both Norwegian-English and English-Norwegian are considered as one dictionary.
  • Bilingual dictionaries to/from the same two languages - for example Norwegian-English/English-Norwegian - in two different volumes are also considered as one dictionary (irrespective of publisher or edition).
  • Dictionaries as described above cannot be combined with any other types of dictionaries.
  • Any kind of combination which makes up more than two physical volumes is forbidden.
  • In case a student has a special need for any other combination than the above mentioned, such combination has to be clarified with/approved by the course coordinator minimum two weeks before the exam. Students who have not been granted permission to have a special combination minimum two weeks before the exam will be subject to the usual regulations (Section 3-5) about examination support materials.

Grading Scale

A - E for passed, F for failed.

Subject Overlap


Combines successfully with

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

Evaluation at the end of each course.

The teachers evaluate themselves, in addition the students are asked to fill out evaluation forms anonymously.

Course Coordinator

Ass. professor Bjørnar Borvik


Contact Information

Administrative contact: elective-courses@jurfa.uib.no

Course supervisor: Bjørnar Borvik