LAWS6161 - International Human Rights


  • Examine the principles and practice of international human rights law.
  • Acquire an introduction to the key concepts, debates, documents and institutions, while encouraging critical examination of these from a variety of angles.
  • Determine how to regard a situation or predicament as one involving a breach of international human rights law.
  • 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
  • Advance an informed critique of particular dimensions of international human rights law scholarship and practice, by reference to contemporary literature in this field.


Forums where international human rights law is being produced (international tribunals, domestic courts, multilateral bodies - including United Nations organs - regional agencies, nongovernmental organisations, academic institutions, and the media); settings where international human rights law is being deployed (in Australia and elsewhere); particular identities/subjects that international human rights law aspires to shape, regulate or secure.


Semester 2 2014
Thursday Evenings 6-8pm

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 5,000 Word Essay (70%)
  • 2,000 Word Assignment (30%)


Candidates who have previously completed GOVT 6117 - International Politics of Human Rights are not permitted to enrol in this unit.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Law and International Development | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in Jurisprudence | Master of Jurisprudence