European Human Rights Law

15 credits

This course deals with the principles behind the European law on human rights. One expected learning outcome is for students to be able to apply and advance legal norms, principles and practices of European law on human rights, both in the private and public sectors. The course includes studies on human rights from a perspective of the European Union (EU), intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO). The course has three constituting parts. First, students learn about the philosophical aspects and ideologies behind human rights in Europe. Secondly, the focus is on organizations in Europe and their functions when it comes to human rights. Thirdly, attention turns to the implementation of human rights on national level.

Course participants come from many different countries across the world. This international classroom enables learning that benefit from different cultural backgrounds that can be compared and discussed.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.