LAWS5226 International Human Rights Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit examines key principles, institutions, organisations, treaties and cases of international human rights law. The development of international human rights law and its historical, political and cultural context is explored, along with debates concerning the theoretical justification for the protection of human rights. Institutional frameworks and procedures for development, interpretation and enforcement are examined. Selected substantive issues of human rights are included as a means of engaging with specific treaties and cases and also in exploring the role of State and non-State actors. Methods of implementation and enforcement of human rights in the international sphere, through both global and regional instruments and institutions are presented and critiqued.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how the historical, political and cultural context has shaped the development of international human rights law; (2) understand the limitations of international human rights law to address real and ongoing problems of human rights violations in the world; (3) identify human rights issues, formulate and defend cogent arguments about international human rights law, and evaluate the arguments of others concerning international human rights law; (4) use appropriate research methods to answer complex questions in relation to human rights; (5) find, understand and apply a wide range of theoretical, institutional, judicial and academic sources to questions of international human rights law; and (6) effectively communicate, both in writing and orally, analyses and conclusions in relation to questions of international human rights law.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) in-class presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Fiona McGaughey
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520)
and
Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students
: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law
or
equivalent;

for students in other courses: none
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 24,25,31 May and 1 June . Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-N-2C_2019]
Note
Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Texts

Adam McBeth, Justine Nolan and Simon Rice, The International Law of Human Rights, (Oxford University Press, 2011)
 

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