Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin human rights law at the international and Australian levels
  2. critically evaluate the law of human rights and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to human rights and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to human rights and generate appropriate responses.
    • Human Rights Law: Nature and Sources
    • International Law Overview
    • Nature and Scope of States' Human Rights Obligations
    • UN Human Rights Mechanisms & Australia's Engagement
    • Civil and Political Rights, Terrorism and The Torture Debate
    • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Rights of the Child
    • Rights Protection in Australia - History; Ongoing Debate
    • The ACT Human Rights Act and the Victorian Charter
    • Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    • Rights of Australians with Disabilities and Mental Illness
    • Rights of Prisoners
    • Rights of Indigenous Australians
    • Rights of Homeless Australians
  • Study resources

    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides a broad overview of international human rights law and its interaction with the protection of human rights in Australia. The unit begins with an overview of the history, nature and structure of human rights law and the main human rights treaties and UN supervisory bodies. The unit then looks at the sources of human rights law in Australia including the Constitution, state human rights legislation, the common law and international human rights norms. Finally, the international and Australian law relating to human rights is studied in the context of counter terrorism laws, anti-discrimination law, Indigenous Australians, Australians with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and more.

  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Communication to UN (40%)
  • Take-home Exam (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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