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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Three hours of seminars per week |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; International Law or equivalents.
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CoordinatorProf Dianne Otto
International Human Rights Law introduces students to the key elements of the international system for the protection of human rights and examines its formal and informal interactions with regional human rights mechanisms and domestic legal systems. The topics covered include: an introduction to the founding instruments of the international system, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two human rights Covenants, and the obligations that they place on States; an overview of the key theories of human rights, questions relating to the claim of universality, and recent critical approaches, including feminist and postcolonial critiques; the operation of the treaty-based and UN Charter-based mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights; challenges presented to human rights by the 'war on terror'; the role of human rights nongovernmental organizations; the principle of non-discrimination, with particular reference to sex/gender equality and the rights of indigenous peoples; the challenges to human rights presented by economic globalization; and, briefly, the Australian systems for the protection of human rights. The subject encourages students to engage critically with the material covered and to participate in class discussions.
|Objectives:||On completion of this subject, students should: |
• understand the key elements of the post World War II development of international human rights law and its application to regional and domestic legal systems;
• be able to critically assess the philosophical bases, principles and practical operation of the international, regional and Australian regimes for the promotion and protection of human rights;
• understand the structure, major institutions and jurisprudence of the international human rights system;
• have the ability to assess the validity of actions of governments according to international human rights law and evaluate whether international legal instruments have been fully implemented domestically;
• appreciate the juridical significance of the challenges offered by postcolonial scholars, feminists, indigenous peoples and others to the traditional approaches to human rights;
• understand debates about the status of, and relationships between, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and group rights such as the right to self-determination and the right to development; and
• have the ability to evaluate the Australian approach to domestic implementation of its international human rights obligations, and understand how it differs from protection provided by constitutionally entrenched bills of rights.
Reflective essay of 1000 words, 20% (due week 9) and either a research essay of 5000 words, 80% (due end of semester); or a final examination of three hours, 80%.
Henry J Steiner & Philip Alston, International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals, Oxford University Press (3rd edition 2007)
Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, Twenty-Five Human Rights Documents (1994 or more recent edition)
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following additional skills specific to the discipline of law:
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