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LAW7253 - Human rights in the global economy

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Sarah Joseph


City (Melbourne) Term 4 2008 (On-campus split block of classes)


This subject takes the intersection of international economic activity and international human rights as a new and crucial issue for international law and practice by examining the source, validity, scope, definition, violation and enforcement of social and economic rights obligations. Attention is focussed on global regulatory bodies such as the WTO, IMF and the World Bank as well as activities of multinational corporations and international investment tribunals.


Students of this course will be able to: 1) Understand the intersection between the international human rights regime and international economic institutions (eg, WTO, World Bank, IMF, multinational corporations, international investment tribunals); 2) Understand the most relevant human rights, including the right to development and economic social and cultural rights, and the right of political participation; 3) identify human rights impacts of the operation of international economic actors; 4) identify avenues through which human rights concerns can be raised within international economic institutions; 5) identify the human rights obligations of international economic actors; 6) understand proposals for greater integration between human rights and international economic law; 7) enhance their skills in legal and written research on the above topics.


One 7,500 word research paper, or two 3,750 word research papers.

Contact hours

24 hours per semester



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