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:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
- Explain, distinguish and apply core and advanced concepts and terminology of international human rights law as used in the key primary and secondary sources;
- Design, implement and review a range of theoretical approaches to the primary and secondary source material;
- Identify and use a range of research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a complex question of international human rights law;
- Identify and critically examine in written and oral form a range of perspectives and values that are relevant to international human rights law;
- Explain and examine whether, and if so, to what extent, international human rights law provides coherent predictable consistent guidance to states, courts, lawyers, officials, and citizens; and
- Plan and execute a research project with independence in order to produce original scholarship on a particular identified area of international human rights law.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Assessment for this course is likely to consist of:
- Focused Case Essay (20%, 1500 words)
- Research Assignment (70%, 5000 words)
- Class participation (10%).
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is International Human Rights by Philip Alston and Ryan Goodman, published 2013 by Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780199578726). Please note that this book is listed on some catalogues as '2012' and others as '2013'. If in doubt, just double-check the ISBN number above.
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeParticipants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 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|
|6717||24 Jun 2019||24 Jun 2019||05 Jul 2019||09 Aug 2019||In Person||N/A|