Freedom of Movement as a Fundamental Human Right

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04011


This seminar will address the fundamental right to freedom of movement as protected by various international and regional human rights treaties, such as Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), or Article 2-4 Protocol 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights (1950/63). This includes freedom of residence, freedom to travel within borders but also, in principle, beyond borders, and the right to seek and enjoy asylum.


The seminar will then introduce students to the limitations on freedom of movement as imposed by for example state borders and immigration control, but also restrictions imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and analyse in how far these can be in accordance with human rights protection.


By developing a paper on one aspect relating to the freedom of movement, students will learn to apply the protection of this fundamental right to a specific case study.

Examination Modalities

Formal requirements for seminar papers:

Chicago Manual of Style: 

Save PDF as: NameFirstName_TITLE

Cover page with name, course, Matrikelnumber, date, title. Please also include page numbers and a table of content (if needed). Name and course must be on each page of the document.

Students will be graded on the basis of:

(1) their individual papers,

(2) the presentation of the papers and

(3) their feedback on the papers of their colleagues and joint discussion.


25 October 2021, 13:45–18:00 Seminar Room 34
19 November 2021, 09:15–12:45 FLUX 2
07 December 2021, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 24

Course Enrolment

From 22 September 2021, 10:30 to 31 October 2021, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible