International Human Rights Online Course

The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in partnership with edX is offering an online course which aims to teach International human rights law in comparative perspective. This course is intended to teach how the individual has been protected from both public and private power.

Course designs are aligned to make students learn examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals and the duties of states, and the mechanisms of protection.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks course
Effort:  6-8 hours of total
Subject: International Human Rights
Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in partnership & edX.
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $150
Session: Open

Providers Details

UCL is ranked first among Belgium’s French-speaking universities (QS World University Ranking). With its main campus located in Louvain-la-Neuve, next to Brussels, the university attracts every year 5,000 international students from more than 120 countries.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities. Through institutional partners, the consortium, along with other leading global members, edX presents the best of higher education online, offering an opportunity to anyone who wants to achieve, thrive, and grow.

About This Course

Human rights develop through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals and the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection.

edX shall rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, for instance, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts.  No background in the study of law is required.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of :
A solid understanding of the key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law
How to follow the developments of human rights law using the conceptual tools you’ve acquired
How to take part in the questions raised by the enforcement of international human rights law


Olivier De Schutte

Olivier De Schutter is a Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and at SciencesPo (Paris), and a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2015.


No background in the study of law is required, students with little familiarity with legal concepts and legal language might have more difficulty mastering certain notions. The course is structured so that a diligent student, regardless of her background, will be able to conclude the course with a satisfactory grade.

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