Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School’s programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
CoordinatorProf Dianne Otto
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
International Human Rights Law is a rapidly developing specialty area of public international law, which presents legal advocates with a very particular set of theoretical and practical challenges. Among them are issues associated with the ‘universality’ of human rights, the treatment of the rights of marginalised groups (like women, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities, and people with disabilities) in a universal register, the justiciability of economic and social rights, the challenges of collective or group rights, the role of human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the application of human rights law during periods of armed conflict, and the threats presented to human rights by counter-terrorism measures. There is also the vexed question of how to hold private actors, especially multi-national corporations, accountable for violations of human rights. The subject aims to equip students to thoughtfully and critically engage with these challenges, so that they are able make a contribution to addressing them in the years to come.
The subject focuses on the legal regime constituted by international human rights treaties and the work of United Nations Charter institutions, particularly the Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures. The development of this snowballing body of law will be examined by drawing on a range of critical legal theories, challenging students to think broadly and critically about its motivations and effects, and its place in the broader context of international politics and diplomacy. Critical perspectives will be tested and assessed in practical application to contemporary legal problems, by way of a series of case studies. While this subject focuses on international human rights law, it draws on many Australian examples and there is also the flexibility to address pressing issues in the home countries of international students undertaking the subject.
Students who successfully complete this subject will have an advanced and integrated knowledge of the complexities of international human rights law, both theoretically and practically. This includes the ability to inform their human rights advocacy with highly developed analytical and evaluative skills in relation to:
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject, students will have developed and demonstrated their skills in the following areas:
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