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Monash University

Master of Human Rights Law

Course code: 3392 ~ Course abbreviation: MasterHumanRightsLaw ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On campus (Melbourne city)

Course description

This course is particularly relevant for non-lawyers working in non-government organisations (NGOs), government, community groups and industry who are interested in how human rights law impacts upon their work, as well as those employed by human rights-related organisations such as international human rights NGOs and international development agencies.

Course objectives

This course seeks to provide students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the international human rights legal framework, the organisations that promote and protect it, and the mechanisms and processes by which it is enforced. Graduates will also develop high-level skills in interpreting and analysing primary and secondary human rights materials, including treaties, treaty body decisions, domestic jurisprudence and scholarly commentary, and will be able to present well-researched arguments in a clear, coherent and scholarly manner.

Course structure

The course comprises eight coursework units, each worth six points. Candidates with a degree in a discipline other than law or candidates with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 (Australian legal system).

Course requirements

Candidates must complete five units offered as part of the Master of Laws specialising in human rights law. The remaining three units may be taken from any units offered in the masters coursework program. Alternatively students can elect one of the following options:

  • four coursework units with at least one unit in the area of human rights law and a minor thesis of 25,000-30,000 words on an approved topic in the area.
  • six coursework units with at least three units in the area of human rights law and a minor thesis of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic in the area.

The units in the specialisation will be those which are specified from time to time by the faculty board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the faculty. For further information regarding specialisations, visit

Contact details

Postgraduate program coordinator LLM, telephone +61 3 9641 6206, email or visit