Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|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.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills, and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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CoordinatorProf Dianne Otto
ContactMelbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
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.
On completion of this subject, students should:
Reflective essay of 1,000 words, 20% (due week 9) and either a research essay of 5,000 words, 80% (due end of semester); or a final examination of three hours, 80%.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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:
|Notes:||The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing for honours purposes.|
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