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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMasterHumanRightsLaw
CRICOS code055071G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications

Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor John Duns


  • Part-time study is possible for up to four years


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.


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.

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points


The course comprises eight 6-point coursework units.


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

* Candidates with a degree in a discipline other than law will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 (Australian legal system). Candidates with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete LAW7436 (Introduction to Australian legal process).

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Law (Human Rights) providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Human Rights Law