Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject has been designed to enable students to develop their communication and research skills in the context of human rights practice. Working closely with legal practitioners from the organization Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, students will engage in activities designed to promote awareness of international human rights standards in Australia, including Federal and State legislative compliance with the principles of international human rights law, and to support practitioners who assist victims of human rights violations in Australia. Working under the supervision of an academic coordinator, and with the assistance of the administrative coordinator, students will engage in legal research and produce position papers, blog entries, submissions, and other materials as required by ALHR. Practical skills such as written communication skills for specific contexts such as social media or government submissions, file management, and team work will be developed. The subject involves one day a week in the ALHR clinic (Mondays, 9-4pm) and a fortnightly two hour seminar which will cover substantive topics of relevance to the work of ALHR. 

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted to the LMJD or LMLAW or LLB programmes offered by the Law School. LAW5HRL or LAW3HRL or LAW3PIL Admission to subject is by application only


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Approval from the subject coordinator is required to enrol in the subject.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical Legal SkillsPreliminaryRoss Hyams, Susan Campbell, Adrian Evans (2014)OUP
ReadingsThe International Law of Human RightsPrescribedMcBeth, Nolan and Rice (2011)OUP

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand in a comprehensive way, of a variety of core rules and principles of international human rights law.

Participation, reflection exercises, portfolio

02. Clearly and concisely communicate the content of a variety of legal texts including international treaties and domestic statutes.

Participation, reflection exercises, portfolio

03. Critically assess the policy considerations that inform and influence the development of international human rights law in a domestic context.

Participation, reflection exercises, portfolio

04. Display appropriate written and oral skills, including the skill of producing clear and cogent written materials in a variety of different formats, such as Position Papers, Blog entries or Government submissions.

Participation, reflection exercises, portfolio

05. Work both independently and as part of a team, with other students and staff, to meet client expectations.

Participation, reflection exercises, portfolio

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size10

Enrolment information Clinic Subject Applications

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Six 2.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
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Practical Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Participation activity and reflection exercises (max 1000 words - individual)Successful completion of the Professional Experience Placement is a hurdle requirement for this subject. Includes attendance and active participation in activity throughout semester, and several reflective exercises (1000 words max).20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Portfolio (max 3500 words)Students will create a portfolio of work over the semester, and at the end of the subject choose pieces totalling between 3000 (min) - 3500 words (max), to put forward for assessment.70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Blog entry (500 words)Students will produce and submit for publication an entry to the Law Justice Blog.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05