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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.
    • From natural law to human rights
    • Sources of human rights law in Australia
    • Explicit and implied Constitutional rights in Australia
    • The common law and human rights
    • International protection of human rights
    • Implementation of international human rights in Australia
    • Counter terrorism laws
    • Anti-discrimination law
    • Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system
    • Indigenous land rights
    • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
    • Corporations and human rights
  • 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, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and corporations.

  • Take-home Exam (50%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Cross-jurisdictional (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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