• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kate Ogg
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and significant norms of the international law of human rights;
  2. Analyse critically these norms and the flawed mechanisms for their implementation;
  3. Analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
  4. Advocate effectively the progressive development of the international law of human rights;
  5. Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas appropriately for a variety of audiences;
  6. Define, plan and conduct legal research on international human rights law with some independence.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research paper (3000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Class presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. or (null) [LO null]
  5. Research paper or research class presentation (2,400 words for the paper) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  6. Take-home exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250 International Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law.

Prescribed Texts

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours).

Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates.

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9533 21 Sep 2020 TBA TBA 27 Nov 2020 In Person N/A

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