Published in July 2018.
This module is a resource for lecturers
Possible class structure
This section contains recommendations for a teaching sequence and timing intended to achieve learning outcomes through a three-hour class. The lecturer may wish to disregard or shorten some of the segments below in order to give more time to other elements, including introduction, icebreakers, conclusion or short breaks. The structure could also be adapted for shorter or longer classes, given that the class durations vary across countries.
- 0 - 10 mins » Briefly introduce topic, session learning outcomes and outline structure.
- 10 - 55 mins » Discuss international/regional human rights law framework. Discuss Exercise 1: National fair trial and due process rights.
- 55 - 60 mins » Short break
- 60 - 115 mins » Discuss investigative phase rights and duties. Discuss or use some of the following cases studies or exercise: Case study 1: Presumption of innocence; Case study 2: Access to legal advice; Case study 3: The right against self-incrimination; Case studies 4: Exclusion of evidence in violation of human rights law; Exercise 2: Presumption of innocence; Exercise 3: Suspect's rights .
- 115 - 120 mins » Short break
- 120 - 150 mins » Trial and sentencing phase rights and duties. Discuss Case study 5: Refusal of disclosure on grounds of public interest. Watch videos: Terrorists and the right to fair trial (see Additional teaching tools) .
- 150 - 175 mins » Discuss fair trial and armed conflict.
- 175 - 180 mins » If appropriate, introduce the assessment questions with relevant marking criteria.
[Alternatively, teaching of specific topics could be shortened to undertake Exercise 4: Debate on the trial of civilians charged with terrorist offences by 'ordinary' or 'special'/military courts or tribunals . Allow 45-60 minutes for this exercise].