LAW326 Human Rights

Updated: 12 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 36cp in Law including (LS160 or LS161 or LAW161) and (LS220 or LAW220)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LAW335 or LS235 or LS335 or LLM526
Notes None
Combined Units LLM526 - Human Rights
Coordinator(s) Greg Carne (
Unit Description

The study of human rights currently raises some of the most important issues in Australia and the world. This unit presents the origin and structure of human rights within the context of international legal relations, including the law of peace and war, as complemented by national law. The unit covers, inter alia, the following topics: origin, content, nature, scope and implementation of human rights; human rights protection in the UN system and regional systems; prohibition of discrimination; minority rights; right to self-determination; human rights and terrorism; human rights and the environment; Australia and human rights.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the underlying principles, structure, institutions and vocabulary of human rights;
  2. use cognitive and creative skills to critically reflect on contemporary human rights issues; and the effectiveness and impact that human rights law has on society;
  3. use initiative and judgement to identify and critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies human rights law and theoretical insights, to suggest appropriate actions and remedies for issues relating to human rights; and
  4. demonstrate a well-developed ability to act autonomously to present a clear and coherent exposition of the relevant knowledge that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgment as to questions relating to human rights issues.