Master Human Rights Law (eng)

About us:

Established in 2001, Union University Faculty of Law in Belgrade (the “Law School”) is known for its modern approach to studying legal disciplines which include a composite of theoretical lecturing and practical training. The Law School is different from other law schools in teaching and studying, in addition to standard legal disciplines, modern disciplines such as EU law, media law, medical law, legal ethics, environmental law,IT law, rights of the child, etc.

The program of studies is designed and harmonized with the relevant programs of the European universities.

The distinctive contribution in teaching is given by a group of young people and faculty members who have studied at prestigious universities abroad such as London School of Economics, Sorbonne, Central European University, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, University of Leicester, etc.

This is the only school in the Republic of Serbia in which full time professors, often engaged as visiting professors, have been awarded honorary doctorates by world renowned universities for their contribution to the development of jurisprudence, such as Prof Vladimir Vodinelić, Ph.D., who was awarded a honorary doctorate in Germany.

Professors of the Law School represent the Republic of Serbia in different commissions of the UN, Council of Europe and in European professional organizations.

The Law School is registered under Decision No. 612-00-298/2001-04 dated 01. 11. 2001 with the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Serbia.

Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Republic of Serbia issued on 20.03.2015 Certificate on accreditation of the academic studies, master program inHuman Rights Law, No.612-00-02500/2013-04.

Equal opportunity:

The Law School does not discriminate against students, faculty members and/or employees on any basis including race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliation, property status, culture, language, age, mental or physical disability.

Introduction:

The Law School organizes and implements postgraduate studies after the completion of which the title of Master of Laws is awarded.

Admission to a master program is permitted to all persons who successfully completed Bachelor program in law or Bachelor  program  at  the  Faculty  of  related  social  sciences  and  humanities, and who have knowledge of the English Language (240 ECTS).

The academic program of the Master Studies is a one year program, divided into two semesters, Winter and Summer.

The academic program of the graduate studies at the Law School is aimed at students who wish to gain more advanced academic training and the profession of a master of legal sciences, the development and application of scientific and professional achievements in the field of law,practice and application of scientific and doctrinal achievements.

The master studies at the Law School accumulate 60 ECTS; out of which, the Master Thesis is allocated 20 ECTS, while the required and elective courses are allocated 40 ECTS.

Three required courses are taken in the Winter Semester, while one required course and one elective course are taken in the Summer Semester.

Classes in the Master Program consist of lectures  and research.

Examination is organized in four terms: February, June, September and October.

The Master Program Curriculum includes lectures and examination in 9 courses: 4 required plus 5 elective courses, and the preparation of Master Thesis.

Course Status Semester Number of lecture and seminar classes per week ECTS
Theory of Human Rights and Equality Law Required Winter 4+3 12
Human Rights Protection Required Winter 2+0 6
European Union and,Human Rights Required Winter 3+2 10
European Convention on,Human Rights Practicum Required Spring 3+0 6
Child rights Elective Spring 2+0 6
Democratisation Elective Spring 2+0 6
Human Rights and Health Elective Spring 2+0 6
Human Rights and,Human Security Elective Spring 2+0 6
Privacy Rights and the law on Information Elective Spring 2+0 6
Master Thesis Required 20
Total ECTS 60

Class attendance and semester certification:

Class attendance is mandatory.

Class attendance is a requirement for certification of a semester. Both Winter and Summer Semesters need to be certified.

If no classes are held because of insufficient number of candidates, mentoring is organized for the purposes of better comprehension of the study material, minimum times in one semester.

Exemption fromclass attendance: Students who reside outside of Belgrade, or those who are sent to work outside of Belgrade, and for other justified reasons, may, on a substantiated request, be exempt from the requirement to attend lectures and seminars, but can not be exempt from participating in mentoring/consultations once per semester.

The Dean decides on the exemption from attendance.

Examination:

Examination cannot be applied for if the contractual financial obligations are not met.Students will be prohibited from taking examination until all the candidate’s financial obligations owed to the Law School.

Students are required to take the examination soon after classes are completed in the first examination period.Student who does not take the examination will be deemed as having it taken but not passing it.

In other examination periods, the student will voluntary decide whether or not to take the examination.

During the academic year, i.e. ending with the October Examination Period, the same examination can be taken 3 times in total by the student.

The student is required to re-attend the classes and meet all pre examination requirements if the former fails to pass the examination until the end of the academic year, i.e. ending with October Examination Period.

Examination is awarded grades from 5 to 10.

Teaching materials:

Textbooks, notes and other teaching materials can be found in the Law School’s bookstore or the library.

Master thesis:

Master thesis is a scientific or scholarly work in which the candidate demonstrates that he/she has mastered the methodology and the art of independent written presentation of a specific legal issue, its processing, and the ability to reach conclusion in conformity with dogmatic, historical, comparative and social methods appropriate for the analyses of the legal issues or a term. Scientific and scholarly forms (references to literature, sources of law, court judgments, sentences, legal opinions, general positions, etc.) appropriate for the scientific and scholarly works in the field of law are used.

Master thesis needs to be applied for in the Summer Semester, not later than by 31 March 2016. An application is submitted to the Postgraduate Studies Committee. The submitted topic has to be from the field of the study program of the student; if the topic is outside that field, the application will be decided on by the Postgraduate Studies Committee at a proposal of a faculty member.

Timeline: The Postgraduate Studies Committee approves the topic of the thesis and appoints a scholarly mentor. The master thesis must be orally defended by the end of the next school year following the year of enrollment.

Mandatory content of the master thesis application:

  1. Topic

  2. Reasons for choosing the topic

  3. Goals to be achieved

  4. Structure of the work with a thesis for each title

  5. Bibliography – minimum 15 sources, minimum 10 of which sources have to be scholarly publications and minimum five of which have to be in a foreign language.

Important: The candidate is required to submit consent of the scholarly mentor related to the approved topic of the thesis.

Standards:

Number of pages: minimum 30 a maximum 60 pages.

Paper Format: A4

Margin: top and bottom 2,5 cm, left 3 cm, right 2 cm.

Font: Times New Roman

Font Size: text: font 12, footnotes: font 10

Line Spacing: 1,5

Text Alignment: Justified

Number of Copies: Master thesis is provided in 5 (five) copies in a printed form and one in electronic form.

Structure of Master thesis:

  • Content: basic parts of master thesis – subtitles – page numbering

  • Abbreviation: if used

  • Introduction: giving the topic of the work, reasons for which the student has chosen the topic; issues that will be addressed in the paper,a brief overview of the work content per main portions, and the main conclusion.

  • Main Body: deals with the scholarly work topic and this part contains an overview of theory (basic definitions) and practice (illustrative, generally, original cases) of the issues related to the topic. This portion of the text should be structured through several logical units grouped under the appropriate titles and subtitles. .

  • Conclusion: at the end of the thesis is the conclusion containing the results reached by the student while preparing his/her scholarly work.

  • Bibliography: list of literature used by the candidate when preparing his/her scholarly work given alphabetically, giving last name of the author with compete data on the bibliographical unit.

  • Appendices: if the student wishes to have them.

Mandatory literature

The candidate is required to use at least 15 sources out of which at least 10 sources have to be academic publications and at least five have to be in a foreign language.

The sources include all published sources like books; articles; court judgments; internet sites; corporate reports, etc.

Citing References:

All sources must be referenced in footnotes. Citing reference guidelines are given as an exhibit to this information.

Master thesis oral defence:

Master thesis is defended before a three member thesis committee in which one member must be a faculty member. Members of the committee may be research assistants or scholars, prominent legal experts from the ranks of lawyers, judges, public prosecutors, etc.

Member of the committee are appointed by the Postgraduate Studies Committee in a decision accepting the topic and appointing a scholarly mentor, or in a separate decision.

Grades:

Grade: The oral defence of the master thesis is graded as follows:

»failed« (5/10)

»passed« (6/10)

»passed« (7/10)

»passed« (8/10)

»passed with honor« (9/10)

»passed with honor« (10/10)

Unsuccessful defence: If the student fails to defend the master thesis, he/she is directed to rewrite the existing or write the thesis with a new topic, and the new oral defence will be scheduled but it cannot take place before the expiration of a three month period from the prior unsuccessful defence.

Tuition:

Master Studies Tuition: EUR 800, in the dinar counter value based on the median exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) as at the payment date, out of which EUR 200 with enrollment and the balance in six monthly installments of EUR 100 each. An installment may be paid at any time during the month of payment; however, the amount has to correspond to the dinar counter value of the EUR amount as at the date of payment based on the NBS median exchange rate on such date.

Includes: The tuition for the Master Studies includes courses; mentoring/consultations; examination; preparation and oral defence of the master thesis.

Does not include: Tuition does not include costs of textbooks and other teaching materials; taking personal documents on loan; issuance of examination certificates; extending the time for the completion of master studies after the expiry of the next school year following the year of enrollment; and dis-enrollment.

School facilities & working hours:

Classrooms and Halls: I floor

Office of the Dean: II floor

Office of the Associate Dean for science and finances: II floor

Office of the Associate Dean for Curriculum: II floor

Secretary to the Postgraduate Studies Committee: II floor, 12.00 – 19.00h

Secretariat: II floor, 9.00 – 16.00h

Library: I floor, 9.00 – 20.00h (Saturday 11.00 – 17.00h)

Bookstore: I floor, 9.00 – 19.00h

IT Hall: II floor, 9.00 – 17.00h

Students Club: I floor 8.30 – 18.00h

COURSE PLANS

COURSE:THEORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUALITY LAW

(Lesturers: Saša Gajin, Associate Professor; Vesna Petrović, Associate Professor; Jelena Simić, Assistant Professor)

Week:

Introduction to the Theory of Human Rights

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The Notion of Human Rights

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Development of the Notion of Human Rights in American Jurisprudence

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The Notion of Human Rights in the Jurisprudence of the European Court for Human Rights

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German Jurisprudence on the Notion of Human Rights

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The Law on Human Rights

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The Catalogue of Rights and Liberties from the Historical Perspective

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The Structure and the Principles of the Catalogue of Rights and Liberties

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The Beneficiaries of Rights and Liberties from the Historical Perspective

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The Groups of Human Rights Beneficiaries;

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Legal Obligation to Respect Human Rights

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Introduction to the Theoretical Foundation of Human Rights

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13. Week: Pure Theories of the Law and the State

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14. Week: Theories of Social Contract

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15. Week: Theories of Constitutionalism Democrac

COURSE: HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION

(Lesturers: Dragoljub Popović, Professor; Vesna Petrović, Associate Professor; Monika Milošević, Associate Professor; Mario Reljanović, Assistant Professor)

Week:

Legal Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection, an Introduction

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International and National Mechanisms

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United Nations and Human Rights Protection

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Council of Europe and Human Rights Protection

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EU, OSCE, NATO and Human Rights Protection

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National Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection, Basic Structure

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Civil Law Remedies

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Criminal Law Protection

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Protection before Administrative Authorities

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Protection before Independent Bodies

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Protection before Constitutionalism Court;

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Massive Violation of Human Rights, an Introduction to the Mechanisms for Protection;

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Transitional Justice, a Notion

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Legal Remedies against Mass-Violation of Human Rights

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Para-Legal Remedies against Mass-Violation of Human Rights

COURSE: EUROPEAN UNION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

(Lecturers: Violeta Beširević, Professor; Vesna Rakić-Vodinelić, Professor; Aleksandra Čavoški, Visiting Professor; Monika Milošević, Associate Professor)

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Week:

EU and Human Right, an Introduction

2

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Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Basic Principles and Structure

3

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Dignity and Freedom under the CFR

4

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Equality and Solidarity under the CFR

5

Week:

Citizens Rights and Justice under the CFR

6

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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights;

7

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Court of Justice of the European Union, the Case-Law on Human Rights

8

Week:

United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union

9

Week:

EU Documents on Particular Rights and Freedoms, an Introduction

10

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Personal Data Protection

11

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Equality Law

12

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Documents Related to Persons with Disabilities

13

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Environmental Regulation

14

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Media Law

15

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Perspective of Human Rights Developments inside the EU

COURSE: EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICUM

(Lecturers: Violeta Beširević, Professor; Dragoljub Popović, Professor; Tatjana Papić, Associate Professor; Mario Reljanović, Assistant Professor)

Week:

Introductory lecture, class expectations and the history of the European Convention of Human Rights.

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Introduction and history of the European Court of Human Rights and its Functioning.

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ECHR Procedure Continued; Extraterritorial application of the ECHR – Article 1 ECHR.

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Limitations Common to Articles 8-11, Right to an Effective Remedy, Supervising the Enforcement of Judgments, and Conclusion

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ECHR Article 3 (prohibition of ill-treatment)

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Freedom of Expression (Article 10). Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion- Article 9.

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Visit to the European Court of Human Rights

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Right to Property, Article 1 of Protocol 1

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Equality and Non-discrimination – Art. 14 and Art.1 of Protocol 12

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Right to a Fair and Public Hearing – Article 6

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Freedom of Assembly and Association, Militant Democracy, the Right to Free Elections, and Freedom of Movement

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Right to Life – Article 2 and Abolition of the Death Penalty in Time of War – Article 1 of Protocol No. 13. Does the Right to Life speak about the Right to Die, too?

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Analysis of the structure of ECHR decisions

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Pilot judgements and judiciary standards of ECHR

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Practical work: drafting of ECHR decision

COURSE: CHILD RIGHTS

(Lecturer: Nevena Vučković-Šahović, Professor)

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Children’s situation and the challenges of a globalized world. Understanding childhood and attitudes towards children

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Modern and post-modern concept of childhood. Evolving capacities of the child

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Human dignity and human rights. Human Rights –rights of the child

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The child in international law

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The child in national laws

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Definition of Child. General measures of implementation

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Prohibition of discrimination

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Prohibition of discrimination

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Respect for the views of the child – the right to participation. Civil and Political Rights of the Child

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Family environment and alternative care. Health, social services and education

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Special protection measures – children in special circumstances

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Exploitation of children: forms and methods

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Monitoring the Implementation of the rights of the child. The right to remedies

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Children’s rights in law and practice in Serbia. Mechanisms for the protection and promotion of child rights in Serbia

COURSE: DEMOCRATISATION

(Lesturers: Violeta Beširević, Professor; Jelena Jerinić, Assistant Professor)

Week:

Democratisation and Human Rights: Affinity or Tension?

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Is there Human Right to Democracy? Democratization in Historical and Comparative Perspectives

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Transitional Constitutionalism: Trajectories of Regime Change

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Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies

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Constitutionalism Design in Ethnically Divided Societies

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Militant Democracy in Post-Authoritarian Societies

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Do Institutions Make a Difference: Electoral Laws and Electoral Systems

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Institutional Design and Democracy

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Executive-Legislature Relations: Parliamentarism and Presidentialism

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Good Governance, Democratisation and Human Rights

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The Role of Civil Society in Democratization

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The Role of Media in Promoting Democratisation and Human Rights

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Economic Globalization: What Future for Social and Economic Rights?

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Gender Equity, Human Rights and Global Democratisation

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Case Study: American Exceptionalism

COURSE: HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH

(Lesturers: Violeta Beširević, Professor; Jelena Simić, Assistant Professor)

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Health and Human Rights Overview

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International Bill of Human Rights and Health

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International Bill of Human Rights and Health

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Bringing Human Rights into Public Health

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War, Humanitarian Emergencies, Health and Human Rights

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War, Humanitarian Emergencies, Health and Human Rights

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Environmental Health and Human Rights Issues

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Gender, Health and Human Rights

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Human Rights of Persons in Closed Institutions

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Students Presentations

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Students Presentations

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Medical Research, Patents, and Access to Medicines

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Bioethics and Basic Rights: Persons, Human and Boundaries of Life

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Special Case Study (Students Discussion)

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Special Case Study (Students Discussion)

COURSE: HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN SECURITY

(Lesturers: Slađana Jovanović, Professor; Mario Reljanović, Assistant Professor)

Week

Introduction to the course; Relations Between Human Security and Human Rights Protection; Conflicts Between the Person and State, and other Actors

Week

Transnational Criminal Law – Human Trafficking

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Transnational Criminal Law – Human Trafficking

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Transnational Criminal Law – Human Trafficking

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International Cooperation in Criminal Matter

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Cooperation in Criminal Matter in EU

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Cyber Crime: Criminal offences of cyber crime and international law / comparative law analysis of criminal protection

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Cyber Crime: Cyber crime and right to security of person – personal data, phishing; cyber crime and right to privacy – unlawful wiretapping and unlawful access to data basis by state and non-state organizations

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Threats to Security: Armed conflict; Terrorism/war on terror and asymmetrical fighting; international arms trade; poverty and social tensions; weak and corrupt states

10

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Terrorism: Definition and elements of terrorism; international and comparative legal framework

11

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Terrorism: Suppression of terrorism and human rights

12

Week

International Humanitarian Law

13

Week

Human Rights in Armed Conflicts: Future of IHL and ICL; International Criminal Court

14

Week

Challenges in Human Security: Refugees, the stateless persons; unintended consequences and victims; large-scale humanitarian needs

15

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Debate on Students Papers

COURSE: PRIVACY RIGHTS AND THE LAW OF INFORMATION

(Lesturer: Sasa Gajin, Associate Professor)

Week:

Introduction to Privacy Rights

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Private and Public Information

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Privacy Related Normative Triangle

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Privacy and Public Right to Know, an Introduction

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Freedom of the Media vs. Privacy Rights

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Right to Access to Official Documents vs. Privacy Rights

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Privacy and Security, an Introduction

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Data Confidentiality vs. Privacy Rights

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Protection of Privacy Rights, an Introduction

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Media Law Remedies

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Personal Data Protection

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Criminal Law Protection

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Protection of Privacy, Main Challenges

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Internet and Privacy

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New Technological Achievements and Privacy

 

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