International Human Rights (LAWS6161)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit introduces students to the principles and practice of international human rights law - a field of public international law and policy of ever-expanding dimensions. It will introduce students to some key concepts, debates, documents and institutions in this field, while encouraging critical examination of these from a variety of angles. In summary, this unit considers the question: what happens when we regard a situation or predicament as one involving a breach of international human rights law - what possibilities and problems does this entail? Addressing this question, students in this unit will examine: (a) forums where international human rights law is being produced (international tribunals, domestic courts, multilateral bodies - including United Nations organs - regional agencies, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, and the media); (b) settings where international human rights law is being deployed (in Australia and elsewhere); and (c) particular identities/subjects that international human rights law aspires to shape, regulate or secure. By the end of this unit, students should be able to formulate written and oral arguments by reference to key international human rights law instruments and principles; give strategic advice as to available avenues of recourse in international human rights law; and advance an informed critique of particular dimensions of international human rights law scholarship and practice, by reference to contemporary literature in this field.
Our courses that offer this unit of study
- Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences
- Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
- Graduate Diploma in International Law
- Graduate Diploma in International Relations
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
- Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
- Master of Global Law
- Master of International Law
- Master of International Relations
- Master of Labour Law and Relations
- Master of Law and International Development
- Master of Laws
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Public Policy
Further unit of study information
Aug 7, 8 & 21, 22 (9-5)
2000wd assignment (30%), 5000wd essay (70%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.