• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ryan Goss
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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This is a course on international human rights law. It is a course that aspires to consider ways in which we can all ‘do human rights law better’.

In this course students will be encouraged to think about international human rights law from first principles. The course classes and reading materials will encourage you to consider and reconsider many assumptions commonly made about human rights law, but also to answer this question: to what extent is the body of international human rights law consistent, predictable, internally coherent, and capable of acting as a guide to states, citizens, lawyers, officials, and judges?

In considering these questions, emphasis will be on examining examples of international human rights reasoning in fine detail, especially at the regional level. Students will be encouraged to read case extracts, and full cases, closely and critically. The extremely influential jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights will receive particular attention.

Criticism of the quality of legal reasoning in human rights documents/judgments will not be discouraged, and it will not be assumed that broader, more expansive, legal protection of human rights is always a good thing.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of international human rights law;

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the history and evolution of the international law of human rights at both the international and regional  levels;

  • Understand different methods of undertaking research in international human rights law;

  • Evaluate the relevance of international human rights law in contemporary society and our daily lives;

  • Locate, identify and utilise relevant international human rights law resources available through the Law Library and online.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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Workload

26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

2014 Intensive course dates: 1-2 & 22-23 August

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Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LAWS2225. Coreq of LAWS8182 or (Program 7330 and 30 units LAWS1### and LAWS2250)

Prescribed Texts

In 2013, the prescribed textbook was International Human Rights by Philip Alston and Ryan Goodman, published 2013 by Oxford University Press. This is under review in 2014.

Preliminary Reading

Readings and materials will be listed in the Course Outline which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5756 01 Aug 2014 01 Aug 2014 15 Aug 2014 04 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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