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LAW7419 - Current issues in human rights law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Sarah Joseph


Not offered in 2008


This unit identifies important and contemporary issues in human rights law that arise in response to international developments, changes in law and policy, advances in technology, and other events. Complex issues not covered in other human rights units will be explored at an advanced level and may cover specialized areas such as human rights and the environment, human rights and cyberspace, contemporary human rights theory, and human rights institutional reform. The selection of current issues may incorporate Australian, comparative and international aspects, or a mixture thereof, where relevant. The contemporary nature of the unit means that its content will change each time it is offered.


Students who have successfully completed the unit will:

  1. Have a detailed knowledge of the law relating to the specific topics that are selected for analysis.
  2. Have a thorough understanding of the wider legal, economic and social dimensions associated with those specific topics.
  3. Be aware of the limitations of the current law (either international or domestic) that applies to the relevant issue and of proposals for reform.
  4. Understand the relevant issues from a selected comparative perspective.
  5. Understand the international aspects that relate to the particular issues.


Research assignment (3,750 words):50%
Take home examination (3,750 words): 50%
OR Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%







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