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single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 5
Teaching units Unit Comparative Human Rights Law
Training activities in similar subject fields or in fields integrating the basic and distinctive ones, also relating to context cultures and interdisciplinary training (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: IUS/02 CFU: 6
Teachers: Silvia Angela SONELLI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language ENGLISH
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Silvia Angela SONELLI


The course aims to introduce students to the main issues relating to the protection of human rights from a comparative, interdisciplinary, and “multi-level” perspective. The course intends to help develop the ability to find, understand and use relevant foreign legal sources and materials, and enhance linguistic skills and the ability to interact with lawyers of different legal traditions, also in supranational contexts.

Admission requirements

"Pre-requisites": Istituzioni di diritto romano, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Diritto costituzionale, Recommended: Sistemi giuridici comparati, International Law. Erasmus students are particularly welcome and are invited to contact the Professor directly or at:

Course contents

The course deals with the main issues relating to the protection of human rights, and in particular: human rights and their justiciability; diverse models of human rights protection with particular regard to Civil Law and Common Law systems, parliamentary models and constitutional models; the interaction between national and supranational sources of law. With regard to the European dimension, particular attention will be devoted to the ECHR system, Convention rights, and to the main issues of interaction between the European and national systems of human rights protection.

Teaching methods

Language: English. Lectures will be integrated with class analysis of legal cases and materials. Active student participation is expected.

Assessment methods

Oral exam based on questions on the course contents and issues. For non-attending Erasmus students, the exam can either consist of: - an oral exam on suggested text/texts; - or an essay on specific issues, as agreed with the Professor.

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to human rights and their protection from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective; ability to find, interpret and use relevant foreign legal sources and materials; ability to interact with jurists belonging to different legal traditions, also in supranational contexts.


References to texts and materials will be given before course activation