This unit will familiarise students with the international human rights system and the institutions and mechanisms that enforce human rights law. This course takes a thematic approach, considering the sources and scope of international Human Rights Law, major issues and dilemmas in human rights enforcement and the emergence of new themes within the human rights movement.  The unit begins by considering the legal foundation and scope of human rights and then outlines the international institutions and mechanisms that seek to enforce human rights norms and law.  Finally, it examines contemporary issues and developments in Human Rights Law.

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BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise theoretical and technical knowledge of international human rights law and international institutions and enforcement mechanisms under the UN system through collaboratively analysing of contemporary issues;  
  2. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of international institutions in terms of functions, processes and outcomes;  
  3. Identify and analyse the challenges associated with, complex problems in human rights law from theoretical and practical perspectives and propose creative alternatives;  
  4. Contextualise and interpret the interface between international and domestic law and, the implications of international human rights law for Australian domestic law and practice; and  
  5. Advocate creative solutions by generating and transmitting cultural awareness around concepts of universality of human rights and the substance of universal human rights in diverse cultural contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple Choice Questions 10%
Assignment 2000 word Research Paper 40%
Examination Final Exam 50%

Required reading

The International Law of Human Rights, 2nd
McBeth, Nolan and Rice, 2017
Oxford University Press

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