Revising the Syllabus of the Course “Protection of Human Rights under EU Law”

Jaanika Erne |

I am participating in the University of Tartu Course “Digitaalse sisuloome alused” (Foundations of digital content creation) from 2 January to 26 February 2023. The participating students received the task to post a link to a website with their uploaded content.

I was thinking of posting the link to my blog on Ideas of Europe because my content is research-based. I also thought that maybe someone could find it useful to see how the European human rights protection systems were introduced to the students of the University of Tartu from 2004 to 2011.

The task was creating or revising a study material – a video, a presentation, a study guide, a test, a simulation, a textbook, an assessment model, a syllabus, a draft project, etc., and uploading it.

I picked the syllabus of the course that I had worked out and was reading at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu from 2004 to 2011 “Protection of Human Rights under EU Law”.

The course based on my M.A. Dissertation “Põhiõiguste ja -vabaduste areng ning kohtulik kaitse Euroopa Liidus” (Development of fundamental rights and their judicial protection in the European Union) that I defended in the University of Tartu in the year of 2004.

I read the course for the last time in spring semester 2011. When I revised my old syllabus, I interestingly found out that although I have not read the course since 2011, all the topics discussed then are still actual. Therefore, I have shared the syllabus with the other ESIL members at the ESIL Teaching Corner at 

I think that the structure of the course could remain the same. I should only add some recent articles and remove some of the compulsory articles (to the optional literature).Protection of Human Rights under EU Law