The course will allow students to become familiar with the EU and international legal framework relating to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The course’s main focus is on the EU’s action for the promotion of human rights and fundamental values both within the Member States themselves and in third countries.
1. From the Universal Declaration on Human Rights to the International Criminal Court. The development of international human rights law and the most relevant legal accomplishments in this area.
2. The European Union as an actor in international relations. The EU’s powers of external action. The EU’s external policies in the field of development cooperation.
3. The EU and human rights. The values of the Union. The principle of democracy in the Lisbon Treaty. The EU Charter of fundamental rights. The EU and the ECHR. Horizon 2020 and the broad notion of governance and sustainable development.
4. The promotion of human rights and fundamental democratic values in third countries as a tool for the EU’s development cooperation policy.
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, The ABC of European Union law, 2010. The text can be downloaded for free on the EU website.
P.J. Cardwell (Ed.), EU External Relations Law and Policy in the Post-Lisbon Era, The Hague, 2012
A. Mignolli, The European Union and the International Criminal Court, in New International Tribunals and new International proceedings, edited by A. Del Vecchio, Milano, 2006, PDF file will be provided to students.
Exam: oral examination and presentations made by the students during the course