• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Tully
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course examines Human Rights Litigation in relation to 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:

  1. Explain, assess and evaluate the trends in human rights litigation both within Australia and within an international context.
  2. Explain the content of specific human rights as applied by domestic and international courts and identify issues relating to the enforcement of those rights.
  3. Analyse critically the issues of principle and procedure that arise in human rights litigation.
  4. Identify arguments in a complex human rights problem.
  5. Participate in a moot style process or prepare a detailed written argumentative submission in a litigious context related to human rights.

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

  1. There are two alternative means of assessment: (null) [LO null]
  2. Option A (null) [LO null]
  3. 1. A 5000 word research essay (60%) (60) [LO null]
  4. 2. Participation as an advocate in an oral hearing (“moot”) via telephone link (25%) (25) [LO null]
  5. 3. A written outline of argument (not to exceed 1,000 words) for the moot submitted in advance (5%); and (5) [LO null]
  6. 4. At least four online contributions to the discussion forum topics (10%) (10) [LO null]
  7. Option B (null) [LO null]
  8. 1. A 5000 word research essay (60%) (60) [LO null]
  9. 2. A 2000 word written argument (submission) on a problem style issue (30%); and (30) [LO null]
  10. 3. At least four online contributions to the discussion forum topics (10%) (10) [LO null]

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26 hrs online via Wattle

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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

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


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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9406 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online View

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