This is a course on international and comparative human rights law. It is a course that aspires to consider ways in which we can all ‘do human rights law better’.
In this course students will be encouraged to think about international and comparative human rights law from first principles. The course classes and reading materials will encourage you to consider and reconsider many assumptions commonly made about human rights law, but also to answer this question: to what extent is human rights law consistent, predictable, internally coherent, and capable of acting as a guide to states, citizens, lawyers, officials, and judges?
In considering these questions, emphasis will be on examining examples of international human rights reasoning in fine detail, especially at the regional level. Students will be encouraged to read case extracts, and full cases, closely and critically. The extremely influential jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights will receive particular attention.
Criticism of the quality of legal reasoning in human rights documents/judgments will be encouraged, and it will not be assumed that broader, more expansive, legal protection of human rights is always a good thing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, distinguish and apply core and advanced concepts and terminology of international and comparative human rights law as used in the key primary and secondary sources;
- Design, implement and review a range of theoretical approaches to the primary and secondary source material;
- Identify and critically examine in written and oral form a range of perspectives and values that are relevant to international and comparative human rights law;
- Identify and use a range of research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a complex question of international and comparative human rights law;
- Explain and examine whether, and if so, to what extent, human rights law provides coherent predictable consistent guidance to states, courts, lawyers, officials, and citizens; and
- Plan and execute a research project with independence in order to produce original scholarship on a particular identified area of human rights law.
This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
- Focused Case Essay (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Research Assignment (5000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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.
Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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
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.
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3600||07 Apr 2021||07 Apr 2021||16 Apr 2021||28 May 2021||Online||N/A|