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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
OfferedNot offered in 2011


This unit 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.


Students completing this unit 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)
  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.


Research paper (7,000 words): 100%
Two research papers (3,500 words each): 50% each

Contact hours

24 hours per semester