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.


SchoolLa Trobe Law School

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 or Subject Coordinator approval required for non law students.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational law of human rights 2nd editionPrescribedNolan, McBeth, and Rice 2017Oxford University press, Latest edition

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Summarise and assess the central principles which led to the creation of specific human rights-focused laws and treaties.

Seminar Exercises Research Assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Interpret and evaluate the different legislative and international law instruments which protect a selection of human rights.

Seminar Exercises Seminar Presentation Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

03. Select legal principles and instruments to create and defend solutions to human rights problems.

Seminar Exercises, Seminar Presentation, Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Demonstrate an ability to follow instructions and academic conventions in completing set tasks

Annotated Bibliography, Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size108

Enrolment information TEACHING CAPACITY QUOTA

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Annotated bibliography (mid semester, formative assessment- maximum of 1000 words)maximum 1,000 words20 04
Group seminar exercises (5 in-class group exercises worth 3 per cent each - 250 words each)250 words each15 01, 02, 03
One group presentation; 10 to 20 minutes (1000 word equivalent)3-4 students in each group (1000 word equivalent)15 02, 03
Research Assignment(end of semester - 1500 word equivalent)maximum 1,500 words50 01, 02, 03, 04