• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice

This course examines Human Rights Litigation and the following topics:

  • Review of human rights legislation (Federal, ACT and Victoria)
  • Examination and analysis of Human Rights Remedies
  • Human rights litigation procedures and claims
  • Pleadings aspects in human rights matters
  • Current developments in human rights litigation
  • Prospects for further development in remedies
  • The ACT Human Rights experience
  • A possible Commonwealth Human Rights Act
  • Preparing and proving human rights claims
  • Enforcing human rights in Australia
  • Human Rights and the United Nations – the Australian experience
  • Some international aspects of human rights, particularly in the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and procedures governing litigation in human rights cases
  • apply those principles and procedures in matters of human rights litigation, particularly preparation of originating process, claims and supporting affidavits
  • engage in reflective practice in human rights litigation, providing advice and advocacy to clients

Other Information

This course is run on WATTLE. Once enrolled you will need to logon to WATTLE at: http://wattle.anu.edu.au/ using your ISIS username and password. When available students will be able to gain access to the course materials and modules.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Assessment is likely to consist of the following: 

Option A

  1. 4000 wd essay (60%)
  2. Oral hearing (“moot”) via telephone link on a discrete issue (25%)
  3. Written outline of argument submitted in advance (5%); and
  4. Two substantive contributions to a discussion forum (10%)

Option B

  1. 4000 word essay (60%)
  2. 2000 word written submission on an issue (20%); and
  3. 4 substantive contributions to discussion forums (20%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


26 hrs online via Wattle

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) or you must be studying one of the following programs Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) AND have completed LAWS8015.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Information on suggested readings will be made available in the Course Outline posted on Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Preliminary Reading

Suggested readings will be listed in the Course Outline.

There is no required preliminary reading, but suggested readings will be listed in the Course Outline.

Assumed Knowledge

Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6949 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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