Clinical Course

Course Description: 

The Comparative Constitutional Law and the Human Rights Programs offer their degrees with a clinical specialization. Students participating in the clinical course will work closely with lawyers, providing comparative legal research as required by the progress of the case. Clinical courses are organized around two intensive workshops and require substantive individual research throughout the academic year.

Students participating in the clinical course have to meet the credit requirements of their Program (for details please see the relevant program requirements). In addition to the clinical course students will be required to take a number of designated courses to earn the 'specialization' degree.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Ability to demonstrate substantial in-depth knowledge of human rights law within the European Context.

2. Ability to benefit from a substantial knowledge of human rights law and protection mechanisms on the supranational level;

3. Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of some substantive areas of international human rights law.

4. Ability to do a research within the context of the given member State of the Council of Europe in order to understand the underlying legal problem(s) and acquiring knowledge of legal institutions in  jurisdictions other than the respondent state;

5. Ability to perform an effective research in the HUDOC database and to use the relevant cases in legal reasoning at an advanced level and

6. Ability to write and submit an application to the European Court of Human Rights.


Assessment is based on the participation during the meetings and the quality of the final paper/ application submitted. The final paper should not only include all the relevant legal analysis and arguments, but should also correspond to the formal requirements of the European Court of Human Rights.