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International and European Protection of Women's Rights

Code: 105787 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500000 Sociocultural Gender Studies FB 2 1


Lidia Ballesta Marti

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To ensure satisfactory results of the course it is desirable to have an adequate knowledge of the basis of  Anti-discrimination law

Objectives and Contextualisation

  • To understand the basic legal concepts related to  LGTBI+ people and women’s rights, 
  • To understand the international legal systems of protection of women’s rights and LGTBI+'s rights.
  • To identify the different Internatinal Organizations and European Institutions that develop gender policies and guarantee LGTBI+  and women’s rights, as well as the and evolution of such public policies in the EU.
  • To understand the European and International instruments of protection of women’s rights and  LGTBI+people's rights.
  • To know the practice of International Courts and  Control Institutions in matters of gender and  LGTBI+.
  • To obtain a critical vision of the policies and actions taken on gender matters and on the development of women’s and  LGTBI+ people's rights at the international level, as well as to recognize the advances and setbacks experienced in that field.


  • Express correctly and in a non-sexist or homophobic manner both orally and in writing.
  • Formulate, argue and discuss your own and others' ideas in a respectful, critical and reasoned way.
  • Identify the basic legal concepts, legislation and jurisprudence related to the rights of the collectives affected by gender inequalities. 
  • Proposing corrective actions of the violences tha ttrigger the types and degrees of discrimination on the basis of sex, gender and sexual orientation.
  • Students can apply the knowledge to their own work or vocation in a professional manner and have the powers generally demonstrated by preparing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and propose actions on direct, indirect or multiple discriminations based on sex, gender and sexual orientation.
  2. Identify the problems linked to equality between men and women in legislation and jurisprudence.
  3. Make an inclusive use of language.
  4. Master the basic concepts of international legislation on women's rights and anti-discrimination law.
  5. Prepare an organized and correct speech, orally and in writing, in the corresponding language.
  6. Propose legal solutions to the problems of discrimination against women and the LGTBI collective.
  7. Students can apply the knowledge to their own work or vocation in a professional manner and have the powers generally demonstrated by preparing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of study.
  8. Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  9. Use the specific technical vocabulary and own interpretation of the required disciplines.


SECTION I: International protection of Women’s Rights

Unit 1:  International Regime of Human Rights as a Starting Point.

Unit 2: Evolution of Women’s Rights and the International Instruments of Protection.

Unit 3: International Courts and Control Institutions; Case Law on Gender Matters


SECTION II: Women's Rights and Gender Policies in Europe

Unit 4: Regional Systems of Protection of Women's Rights in Europe.

Unit 5:  The Council of Europe: Legal Instruments and Actions on Gender Matters;

Unit 6: Gender Equality in the European Union Law

Unit 7:  Gender Policies and Actions in the European Union. 


SECTION III: LGBTIQ+ Rights under the International scope

Unit 8: LGBTIQ+ Rights in the World and its development in Europe. 


The learning process is based on the student's work through their self-study, reading texts, searching for documentation and preparing papers. Professors are in charge of providing students with theoretical explanations and raising questions as well as adequate guidance to provide the student with the necessary skills for the correct understanding of the legal issues that may arise, with the necessary tools to solve them.

That consists of different activities that will be performed during the classes, such as case studies, comments on case law, lectures, presentations, debates, etc.

The schedule of the activities will be available online  at "Campus Virtual" site before the beginning of the course.

The teaching methodology and the assessment may undergo some modifications depending on the restrictions on in-class attendance that might be imposed by the authorities.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Practical lessons 26.5 1.06
Theorical lessons 26 1.04
Type: Supervised      
Final Project 10 0.4
Type: Autonomous      
Preparation of assignments 20 0.8
Reading 20 0.8
Research 10 0.4
Self-Study 32 1.28


-Ordinary assessment is based on the following activities;  

  • a Case Study on Section I (10%) -  cannot be retaken
  • a Case Study on Sections II & III (10%)  cannot be retaken
  • a test on Section I (20%),  cannot be retaken
  • a final exam  (40%) -  reassessment 
  • a Final Project, which will be developed during the course, (20%).  cannot be retaken

At the beginning of the course, the professor will inform about the content and requirements of the activities and their schedule. At the time of developing each activity, the professor will inform the students  about the procedure and date for the grading revision.

Extraordinary single assessment is based on the following activities;  

  • an exam  (50%) 
  • a research project , where the student must apply the concepts studied in the subjedct to a topic of their choice.  This project contain two assesment evicences:
    • Paper, which will be developed during the course, (25%). 
    • Oral presentation (25%)

*In any case to pass the subject assessment, students must obtain a final grade of at least 5/10 - as an average of all the evaluation activities- and the grade of the final exam must be over  4/10


Only those students who do not pass the final grade of the subject and have obtained a minimum of 3/10 in each activity will have access to the reassessment

The reassessment task will consist of an exam. The exam shall be theoretical and/or a case study and its values is 100% of the final mark .


In the event of a student committing plagiarism, fraud or any other irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Case study Section I 10% 1 0.04 4, 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 8, 7, 9
Case study on Section II & III 10% 1 0.04 4, 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 8, 7, 9
Final Exam 40% 1.5 0.06 4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 7, 9
Final Project 20% 1 0.04 4, 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 8, 7, 9
Test on Section I 20% 1 0.04 4, 2, 1, 6, 9


Essential legislation: 


  • Belavusau, Uladzislau, and Kristin Henrard. EU anti-discrimination law beyond gender / edited by Uladzislau Belavusau and Kristin Henrard. Primera edició. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019. Print.
  • Capellà, Margalida (Capellà i Roig). Las decisiones del comité para la eliminación de la discriminación de la mujer : en el marco general de la protección internacional de los derechos humanos / Margalida Capellà i Roig. Palma, Illes Balears: Universitat de Les Illes Balears, 2014. Print.
  • Guth, Jessica. Gender and the Court of Justice of the European Union / Jessica Guth, Sanna Elfving. London ;: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020. Print.
  • Hellum, Anne, and Henriette Sinding Aasen. Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law. Vol. 3. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. https://bibcercador.uab.cat/permalink/34CSUC_UAB/1c3utr0/cdi_proquest_ebookcentral_EBC1303706
  • Martín Sánchez, María. La Perspectiva de género en la protección internacional de los derechos humanos : diálogo multinivel y deconstrucción de estereotipos / María Martín Sánchez. 1a edición. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2020. Print. Disponible online : https://biblioteca-tirant-com.are.uab.cat/cloudLibrary/ebook/show/9788413781617
  • Rivas Vañó,Alicia. LGBTI en Europa: la Construcción Jurídica de la Diversidad, Editorial: Tirant lo Blanch, 2019, ISBN: 9788491904809 https://biblioteca.tirant.com/cloudLibrary/ebook/show/9788491904809?showPage=0



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