- Code LAWS8240
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, analyse and explain Australian constitutional framework and principles and impact on inclusion of human rights standards in Australian law — Commonwealth and State and Territory;
- Identify and critically examine and explain decisions of Australian courts and tribunals in their interpretation and application of principles to, for example, discrimination, detention and freedom of speech;
- Investigate, synthesise, evaluate and discuss the policy issues arising from the principles, policies and law and its implementation; and
- Plan, design and individually execute a substantial research based project that identifies and critically examines aspects of human rights and discrimination law and policy, using relevant research principles and techniques to provide practical solutions to complex problems.
- Class Participation (10%) (10) [LO null]
- Research Essay (90%) OR Presentation (35%) and Essay (55%) (90) [LO null]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is:
- The Human Rights
Enterprise: In Australia and Internationally, Bailey P, LexisNexis
Butterworths, Sydney, 2009
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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