Unit description

This unit is designed for lawyers and students who have an interest in the means by which international human rights law is enforced. The emphasis in the unit is on illustrating how international human rights instruments are able to afford victims with remedies, both in the international domain, and via domestic courts. The comparative method will be used to illustrate how different jurisdictions have responded to the challenge of incorporating international human rights instruments into their respective domestic domains.

Unit content

TOPIC 1: Cultural Relativism and Human Rights

TOPIC 2: The United Nations System for Protecting Human Rights

TOPIC 3: European Human Rights Law A. The Council of Europe and its Instruments for the Protection of Human Rights. B. The European Union and Human Rights

TOPIC 4: Domestication of European Human Rights Law by the United Kingdom: Comparisons with Australia

TOPIC 5: The Inter-African System for protecting human rights

TOPIC 6: The Inter-American System of Human Rights

TOPIC 7: Domestic Protection of International Human Rights Law in New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and India

TOPIC 8: Towards an Australian Bill of Rights?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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