Human Rights and the Global Economy (LAWS6846)
UNIT OF STUDY
The questions of whether and how the global economy and human rights interrelate and interact have excited much recent controversy on the streets, in the courts and legislatures, in corporate board rooms and in the corridors of the UN and the international trade and financial organizations. It is a controversy that will almost certainly intensify over the next few years. The debate is controversial because it is important, and it is important because it involves two great globalizing forces namely, the promotion of free market ideology through trade liberalization and the protection of human rights through the universalization of the norms that underpin human dignity. On the face of it the two projects do sit easily together. Are they, in fact, implacably opposed to each other? Where or how do they overlap and what are the consequences or opportunities presented thereby? What role can the law play in regulating their interaction whether it be domestic or international law, 'hard' or 'soft' law. And what or who are the real actors behind the economic and human rights power blocs on the global stage? This unit seeks both to frame these questions and to address them by reference to the most recent discussion, thinking and action in the area.
Our courses that offer this unit of study
- Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences
- Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law
- Graduate Diploma in International Law
- Graduate Diploma in International Relations
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
- Master of Business Law
- Master of Global Law
- Master of International Law
- Master of International Relations
- Master of International Security
- Master of Law and International Development
- Master of Laws
- Master of Public Policy
Further unit of study information
Aug 25, 26 & Sep 8, 9 (9-5)
class participation (20%), 5000wd essay (80%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
LAWS5178 or LAWS3478
Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
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.