Human rights and public administration2018

2029 Human rights and public administration

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Verica Trstenjak, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • UN and the Universal declaration of human rights
  • The Council of Europe
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • EU Human Rights
  • The protection of human rights in non-European countries
  • Public administration and the MDGs
  • Public administration for state- and peace-building in post-conflict societies
  • Public administration for environmental sustainability
  • Public administration and democratic change
  • Issues of religious diversity in the public workplace: case study- Europe, USA

3. Readings

  • Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick Law of the European Convention on Human Rights , 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press;(October 1, 2014), str. 3-203
  • Andrew Williams, EU Human Rights Policies- A Study in Irony, 2005, str. 162-192.
  • Clare Ovey and Robin White, Jacobs and White: The European Convention on Human Rights,Fourth Edition, 2010, izbrana poglavja (50 strani)
  • D. Hill, D. Whistler, The Right to Wear Religious Symbols (Palgrave Pivot) 1st ed. 2013 Edition, izbrana poglavja
  • George Letsas, A Theory of Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2008, okoli 20 strani.
  • A Test of Faith?: Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace (Cultural Diversity and Law in Association with RELIGARE) New edition, Marie-Claire Foblets (Editor), Katayoun Alidadi (Editor)

4. Objectives and competences


  • The students are getting acquainted with legal regulation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, with special emphasis on relevant instruments adopted within the framework of the UN and European organizations.
  • The student should understand the functioning of Council of Europe and European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as European Court of Human Rights.
  • Considering the time EU public workers spend in the workplace and the increasing importance of religious identity amongst certain groups, potential tensions between professional and religious duties, and requests for de facto accommodations are one of the most important topics of human rights protection.
  • The student is encouraged to understand and create critical thinking regarding the role of public administration in ensuring human rights.


  • The student is able to understand the structure of the legal system of human rights and freedoms in Europe and global context.
  • The student understands functioning of the main organizations in the field of human rights protection.
  • The student understands the connection between the public administration and human rights and is capable of creating a critical view of the role of public authorities in protecting human rights.

5. Intended learning outcomes

  • The student can distinguish between different organizations in the field of human rights.
  • The student is able to associate practical examples of human rights violations to normative premise or international legal documents in the field of human rights.
  • The student is able to understand the public administration in light of current social issues and human rights violations.
  • The student is able to read moderately demanding professional articles and draw up a written summary.
  • The student is able to distinguish between the nature of the legal protection of human rights of the UN and Council of Europe.

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • seminar paper

7. Assessment

  • in-class midterm 20 %
  • term paper 30 %
  • written or oral exam 40 %
  • class participation in mandatory discussion sections 10 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • Trstenjak/Weingerl: The Influence of Human Rights and Basic Rights in Private Law, Springer 2016, 593.str.
  • Trstenjak: Les mécanismes de recours collectif et leur importance pour la protection des consommateurs, in La Cour de justice de l’Union européenne sous la présidence de Vassilios Skouris (2003-2015), Liber amicorum Vassilios Skouris (2015), 681-696
  • Trstenjak: The Welfare State in Times of Crisis: Threat to the Rule of Law? v Iliopoulos-Strangas (ed.) The future of the Constitutional Welfare State in Europe, ( 2015), 299-306
  • Trstenjak/Weingerl: Union Citizenship within Directive 2004/38/ EC- stability of residence for Union citizens and their family members, national report for FIDE congress 2014, Copenhagen, DJOF Publishing Copenhagen 2014, S. 759-774
  • Trstenjak/Beysen The Growing Overlap of Fundamental Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Case-law of the CJEU, European Law Review (2013) 38, 293-315 (Social Sciences Citation Index)
  • Trstenjak: National Sovereignity and the Principle of Primacy in EU Law and their importance for the Member States, Beijing Law Review, 2013, Vol. 4 No. 2, S. 71-76
  • Trstenjak: Procedural Aspects of European Consumer Protection Law and the Case Law of the CJEU, European Review of Private Law, No. 2/ 2013, S. 451-478
  • Trstenjak: The Legal System of the EU: The Principle of Primacy in EU Law and the Role of the Constitutional Courts of the Member States. V: International Justice Journal Moscow, Medzunalodnoe Pravosudie, št. 2/2012, str. 54-65.
  • Trstenjak/Beysen: Das Prinzip der Verhältnismäßigkeit in der Unionsrechtsordnung. V: Europarecht, letnik 47, št. 3/2012, str. 265–284.
  • Trstenjak: Rechtsvergleichende Aspekte: Die Kooperation zwischen dem EuGH und den nationalen Gerichten, insbesondere in Bezug auf die Grundrechtecharta, Tagungsband des 12. Österreichischen Europarechtstags 2012,Manz 2013, S. 13-34