- Code LAWS8234
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, Human Rights
- Academic career PGRD
- Ryan Goss
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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.
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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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.
2014 Intensive course dates: 1-2 & 22-23 August
Requisite and Incompatibility
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 ReadingReadings 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.
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|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|