Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The process of developing the United Nations Convention on the rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and its subsequent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly has raised the profile of the disability as a human rights issue on the international and national law and policy agendas. This subject explores and considers some aspects of Australia disability law and policy in the context of this recent international development. The first part of the subject establishes the theoretical and legal framework based on human rights principles. The framework is then tested by an examination of particular case studies, which may vary from year to year, for example, supported decision making: inclusive education; the right to family life; access to justice employment; migration; social participation. Throughout the study period the role of law and policy in promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities is evaluated: areas requiring reform are identified; and strategies for the change considered.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM or permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies.


Incompatible subjects LST31DRL

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
ReadingsSelected articles, book chapters, case law and statutes will be accessed on-line and in hardcopy. A detailed reading list will be provided in the unit material.RecommendedNANA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a critical understanding of legal and social construction of disability in 21st Century Australia and an understanding of the human rights framework for disability law and policy.

Class exercises, including in-class and on-line library exercises; assignment; examination

02. Develop an understanding of some of the key issues in contemporary Australian disability law and policy.

Class exercises; assignment; examination

03. Further develop skills in legal analysis and reasoning using examples from recent developments in disability law and policy.

Class exercises; assignment; examination

04. Improve legal problem solving, advocacy and creative advice-giving skills in relation to legal problems affecting people with disabilities.

Class exercises; exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2.5 hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04
Assignment (500-750 words)submitted online25 01, 02
Class exercises including in class and on-line library exercises15 01, 02, 03, 04