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Human Rights in a Global Perspective

The course Human Rights in a Global Perspective covers important concepts, norms and norm compliance structures in the field of human rights.

Hand of prisoner holding rustic metal fence
Photo: Karanik Yimpat

Human Rights in a Global Perspective is given as an elective course within the framework of the law program at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Exchange students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law

Several basic concepts are presented in the course, such as substantive rights or the various existing mechanisms for the protection human rights. Human rights are also be discussed from philosophical, historical, critical and practical perspectives.  The course draws special attention to the problem of establishing human rights legislation on the basis of existing sources of law.


  • Course structure

    Follow the links below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Human Rights in a Global Perspective

    Course guide (725 Kb)



    Teaching format

    Instruction is given primarily in the form of lectures and seminars.


    The course is examined on the basis of the writing of case study, the written investigation and oral presentation of a real or fictitious legal problem, the writing of a essay and through a written exam.



    Jarna Petman

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester and then used FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Sara Freeman 
    Ivar Berglund

    Course manager: 
    Jarna Petman