Courses & Units

Human Rights LAW634



Pre-requisites are applicable to non-Law students, as well as to Law students. Those wishing to study this unit who do not meet the pre-requisites should contact the Law Manager Academic Administration-Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.


Examines the theory of human rights and their development in international law and application to Australian domestic law. A consideration is made of the basic principles, instruments and issues in international human rights law. A study is conducted of United Nations and a regional treaty and committee processes and structures for the protection of human rights, with a thematic reference to and illustration current by topics such as terrorism and human rights and the prohibitions against genocide and torture. Difficulties of enforcement of international human rights instruments are discussed. A consideration is made of some aspects of international humanitarian law. International human rights are also considered in an Australian domestic context. An examination is made of the impact of human rights on Australian law and policy, including constitutional and federal issues, Australian government approaches and preferences in the protection of human rights. Australian legislative mechanisms implementing United Nations human rights treaties and Australian Charters or Bills of Rights.


Unit name Human Rights
Unit code LAW634
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

Ms A Hilkemeijer

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $1,486.00 091103

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  • Pre-requisites: Either LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

1 x 50 min lecture per week & 1 x 90 min seminar


Seminars presentations 20%; Class participation 20%; research assignment 60%

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