LAWS5226 International Human Rights Law

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) identify the key sources of international human rights law and assess and apply them to real-life human rights violations; (2) critique key international instruments and institutions for human rights and critically analyse their historical, cultural and legal significance and their relationship with domestic and regional human rights law; (3) use appropriate research methods to identify theoretical, institutional, judicial and academic sources, critically evaluate them and use them to answer complex questions in relation to human rights; and (4) effectively communicate, both in writing and orally, analyses and conclusions in relation to questions of international human rights law.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) in-class presentation; and (3) class participation (including pre-class activities on LMS). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

for students in other courses: none
Specific class times will be published in the unit outline. Please also refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all face-to-face sessions is mandatory and there are pre-class activities to be completed also, available on LMS.

Adam McBeth, Justine Nolan and Simon Rice, The International Law of Human Rights, (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2017)

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