• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course reviews the underpinning human rights standards set by international law and their application to aspects of Australian law.  As part of the human rights enterprise, special attention will be given to the principle of equality and its expression in discrimination law.  

The course will have a practical as well as conceptual focus and will include:

  • analysis of Australian constitutionalism and its impact on the inclusion of human rights standards in Australian law;
  • critical analysis of the decisions in the courts about the constitutional underpinnings for discrimination law, detention and freedom of speech; 
  • issues associated with the existence of Commonwealth, State and Territory discrimination law
    a critical examination of implementation methods of human rights and discrimination law;
  • discussion of key issues in various areas of law, such as relating to the right to life (euthanasia and death penalty), terrorism law, refugee law and indigenous law and, in the area of discrimination law, to such issues as indirect discrimination, the concept of reasonableness, racial vilification law and the challenge of disability discrimination law.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

The package is likely to include both a research essay and, as an extra option, a class presentation (with a shorter essay). 

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

Coreq of LAWS8568 or Program 6300, 7300, or 7312 or (Program 7330 and 30 units LAWS1### and LAWS2202


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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There are no current offerings for this course.

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