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:
- Synthesise and critique the underlying principles and significant norms of the international law of human rights;?
- Critically analyse these norms and the flawed mechanisms for their implementation;
- Critically evaluate and consolidate knowledge to develop solutions to complex international human rights law problems;
- Advocate effectively the progressive development of the international law of human rights;
- Synthesise and communicate 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.
- The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the Class Summary and on the course WATTLE page. (null) [LO null]
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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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