The course examines the extent to which and how international human rights standards are present in, or affect, Australian law.
The course considers history, philosophy and theories of human rights. It discusses the absence of - and analyses the need for - national human rights legislation in Australia, and reviews where and how human rights are found in Australian law. This involves considering legislative, executive and judicial action in all jurisdictions, ranging from a National Human Rights Action Plan and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission, to human rights legislation in the ACT and Victoria and nationwide anti-discrimination laws. Particular attention will be paid to various actors such as NGOs and public interest lawyers.
After a thorough examination of 'domestic' human rights, the course looks at the way Australia engages with the international system of human rights, where its conduct is subjec to scrutiny by UN committees.
The course will focus on the human rights of certain groups of people whose human rights are vulnerable in Australia, and will analyse case studies. The course will feature at least one practical exercise inviting students to engage in human rights action as means of better understanding the material.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and evaluate how human rights standards are relevant to, and operate in, Australian law;
- Identify, distinguish and analyse issues and solutions in relation to human rights standards in the specific context of particular groups of people in Australian society; and
- Plan and execute a project that describes, explains, analyses and compares the challenges of working with the law to protect and promote human rights in Australia by constitutional, statutory, common law and/or administrative means.
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.
- 50% research project (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- 20% oral presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- 30% written exam (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 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 three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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