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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SPM1027130, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1421, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO DE STEFANI IUS/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses IUS/13 International Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: The teaching subject is legal in carachter. Students are recommended to take the exam of International public law before doing this. A good command of English is also needed, as some materials are only available in this language.
Target skills and knowledge: The course deals with the process of human rights internationalisation and covers both their legal recognition in general and conventional international law, and the development of a dedicated systems of human rights protection and promotion at the universal and regional levels. Special attention is paid to the jurisdictional procedures (European and American Courts of human rights). An introduction to the EU human rights law is also included.
Examination methods: The assessment is based on the following components: a) an online test, available on the Moodle platform, featuring two open questions, to be answered individually, in a given timeframe (15 minutes) and at given dates. This component counts for 40% of the overall mark; b) oral interview, starting from a subject proposed by the candidate. The oral component counts for 60% of the overal mark; c) class partcipation and performing of voluntary individual or group assignments proposed in class. This component may be used to round-up or increase for up to one point the mark determined according to components a) and b).
An online written test and other exercises based on the Moodle platform may be offered as mid-term assessment assignments, whose outcome may contribute to the final mark.
Assessment criteria: a) Questions of the online test will require students to understand, link and critically elaborate crosscutting issues addressed in the course, in succint form. Assessment will focus on correctness, synthesis, stick-to-the-point, adequate language.
b) The oral interview stems from a subject proposed by the student, but may cover also other topics, including those mentioned in the online test. Assessment takes into account pertinence of the chosen topic, adequate language, correcteness of the information provided, critical capacity.
c) The components related to class participation and voluntary activities are evaluated based on relevance and quality of the contrbution, including as assessed by the peers.
Course unit contents: The programme is in three institutional and one special (seminar) parts.
Part 1: Development and current setting of the international human rights law.
Part 2: Analysis of selected international and EU human rights instruments.
Part 3: Italy before the international human rights machinery.
Special part: Accountability for gross violations of human rights .
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching includes:
- lectures;
- seminars on selected topics (students are required to read in advance materials provided by the teacher and to actively participate to the discussion in class)
- analysis of international case law.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Texts and materials for seminars will be posted on the e-learning pltform of the SPGI Department.All students, attending and non-attending - are warmly invited to register and visit the platform on a regular basis.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Marchesi, Antonio, <<La >>protezione internazionale dei diritti umaniNazioni Unite e organizzazioni regionaliAntonio Marchesi. Milano: F. Angeli, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zanghì, Claudio, <<La>> protezione internazionale dei diritti dell'uomoClaudio Zanghì. Torino: Giappichelli, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Annuario italiano dei diritti umani 2018 Centro Diritti Umani Università di Padova. Padova: Padova University Press, 2018.
  • Citroni, Gabriella; Scovazzi, Tullio, <<Parte 3: La >>tutela internazionale dei diritti umaniGabriella Citroni, Tullio Scovazzi. Milano: Giuffrè, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

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