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Human Rights Law (7033.6)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice


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  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (158209) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, HG-WAV (145246) - View

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The unit will:

- Discuss the historical development of human rights thought and human rights law;
- Examine the international and domestic human rights law frameworks, and the interaction between the two;
- Consider the key instruments of human rights law, both domestic and international;
- Demonstrate both strengths and weaknesses in domestic and international human rights protection;
- Examine in some detail the institutions and processes, both domestic and international, that provide juridical oversight in the human rights sphere;
- Examine the extent to which human rights are protected under Australian common law, legislation and the Constitution;
- Examine a number of contemporary human rights issues from the perspective of human rights law.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Compare and contrast factors arising from the development and rationale of human rights law;

2. Explain and evaluate the relationship between international human rights conventions and Australian domestic law;

3. Explain and evaluate how human rights are protected under Australian common law and statute, as well as under the Australian Constitution;

4. Explain and evaluate the role and functions of various juridical institutions and processes tasked with the protection of human rights;

5. Apply international, federal and state/territory human rights law to a given set of facts.

Contact Hours

Three hours per week.


Students must have passed 36 credit points prior to enrolment into this unit.



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