This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of international human rights law and practice. Topics to be covered include:
- historical development of international human rights law;
- international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict) and its relationship with the international law of human rights;
- human rights ‘enforcement' mechanisms: the UN Human Rights Council, the human rights treaty bodies and human rights regional mechanisms;
- the rights of women and the rights of indigenous peoples;
- threats to rights, particularly counter-terrorism measures;
- application of international human rights law in Australia, including refugee issues; and
- the future development of rights, including collective rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT) rights.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and significant norms of the international law of human rights;
- Analyse critically these norms and the flawed mechanisms for their implementation;
- Analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
- Advocate effectively the progressive development of the international law of human rights;
- Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas appropriately for a variety of audiences;
- Define, plan and conduct legal research on international human rights law with some independence.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- Research paper (3000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Class presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- or (null) [LO null]
- Research paper or research class presentation (2,400 words for the paper) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Take-home exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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