Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students in this unit study the core elements and fundamental issues in international and Australian human rights law. We consider the philosophical basis that underlies the international human rights framework, and then examine various methods for the enforcement or realisation of human rights at both an international and domestic level. We consider case studies in the areas of civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the field of emerging rights.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW2STA. Later year non-law students must apply to the coordinator for permission to enrol, and will be required to have completed relevant subjects such as legal studies, politics, international relations or history.


Incompatible subjects LST21/31HRL, LAW2HRL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This LLB unit is available to Legal Studies students from any Faculty who meet the prerequisites. Alternatively current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational law of human rightsPrescribedNolan, McBeth, and RiceOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2012

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size80

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Annotated bibliography (mid semester, formative assessment)maximum 1,000 words20
Group seminar exercises (5 in-class group exercises worth 3 per cent each)250 words each15
One group presentation; 10 to 20 minutes3-4 students in each group15
Research Assignment(end of semester)maximum 1,500 words50