Sociology of human rights and the ombudsman

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The institution of the Ombudsman is based on the idea that citizens should be entitled to complain against specific acts and behaviors of their rulers and that their complaints should be investigated by an independent body.
Expected learning outcomes
Thanks to a socio-legal method of analysis, students will be able to reflect upon the social function of the Ombudsman in Europe and its legal structure.
The first step of the analysis is the comparison of various ombudsman-institutions all over the world. Finally, students will be able to illustrate the functions of Ombudsman institutions in their political, economical and cultural context.
Students are requested to write a final paper about human rights practice or about the functioning of their national - international ombudsmen.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Teacher will give the lessons using the MTeams platform, providing peaces of information through ARIEL website. Video lessons and powerpoint with audio will be projected.The exam will take place in oral form using the MTeams platform and providing the information through the ARIEL website
Course syllabus
1. Definition of Ombudsman
2. Ombudsman Structure
3. Ombudsman Functions
4. Conflict Mediation, Judgment and Administration
6. Definition of human rights
7. The human rights ombudsman
Prerequisites for admission
There are no prerequisites
Teaching methods
Face to face lectures. The students are invited to participate actively to the lectures and to discuss the proposed case law.
Teaching Resources
M. A. Quiroz Vitale, The ombudsman and the protection of human rights in Europe. Case study of Italian "Civic Defender", U.S.-China Law Review, vol. 11 n. 8, 2014.

M.A. Quiroz Vitale, Modernization Development and Law. Mimesis International, 2018
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
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