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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Second semester 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Debeljak (S1); Ms Kate Eastman (S2)


Discussion of fundamental international human rights issues such as international human rights norms, international human rights institutions, theoretical perspectives on human rights including cultural relativism, appropriate responses to human rights violations, development of international human rights jurisprudence, human rights and corporations, economic, social and cultural rights, and select topical human rights issues.


Human rights is one of the most dynamic areas of the law. There is an increasing need today for human rights specialists at both the international and domestic level. Students completing this unit should be able to identify and understand current international human rights structures, procedures, and provisions, as well as their relevance in international law and politics, and for Australian law and practice.


Research essay (max 7,500 words): 100%
Two research essays (max 3,750 words each): 50% each

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Julie Debeljak (Semester 1)
Ms Kate Eastman (Semester 2)

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)