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This unit provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of the history, justification, nature and challenges of international and Australian human rights regimes. You will think critically about relevant legal instruments, the aims and powers of international and national human rights institutions, and the role of civil society in advancing social justice via human rights mechanisms. Contemporary national and global challenges to the protection and promotion of human rights will be examined through a number of case studies including on: discrimination law, the protection of refugees, poverty, freedom of speech and the freedom of religion and belief.  Each of these will critically examine the way in which human rights regimes provide for the balancing of conflicting rights and freedoms.

Summary 2021

Unit name Human Rights Law
Unit code LAW234
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Anja Hilkemeijer

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain the legal, procedural, institutional and other means available for promoting and protecting human rights nationally and internationally.
  2. Develop and apply an independent, strategic sense of the potential and shortcomings of international human rights law by reference to contemporary literature in this field.
  3. Engage and respond constructively to legal and policy arguments formulated by others, including fellow students.
  4. Research, analyse and communicate in clear English on contemporary human rights issues.



50 credit points of Introductory units. It is recommended that you have completed LAW107 Foundations of Law.


LAW121 and LAW122

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern


Tutorial papers, 4x 400 words (40%), Research Essay, 2500 words (50%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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