Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleGradDipLaw(HR)
CRICOS code069541A
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Moira Paterson


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The graduate program in human rights provides advanced offerings in this area for both law and non-law graduates. The extensive range of units enables students to develop and enhance their knowledge across the breadth of human rights law. Such knowledge is becoming increasingly important for those with careers in law, government, media or industry. The program is also attractive for those who seek employment by human rights related organisations such as intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and development agencies. The graduate program focuses upon both a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of human rights law and its practical application as well as addressing advanced and current issues from both a local and international perspective.


The Graduate Diploma in Law (Human Rights) aims to provide further education for both law and non-law graduates who want to upgrade their knowledge and keep abreast of local and international developments in human rights law. It may also contribute to continuing legal education and professional development. The course, in terms of course structure, teaching methods, class times and venues, is designed with the interests of part-time students particularly in mind.

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points


This course comprises eight six-point coursework units.


Students must complete a minimum of five coursework units from the area of human rights. The remaining three coursework units may be taken from the approved list of law units. Refer to the 'Areas of study' for more information.

Students admitted with the maximum credit (24 credit points) must complete a minimum of three coursework units from the area of human rights. The remaining coursework unit may be taken from the approved list of law units.

Additional course requirements and recommendation:

  • Students with a degree in a discipline other than law will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 Australian legal system.
  • Students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process.
  • International students are recommended to undertake the unit LAW7285 Legal research and communications.

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Students are advised that not all units may be available in every year. For information on the current postgraduate law timetable visit

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average is required to articulate to a relevant masters program.

Areas of Study

Law postgraduate elective units


Graduate Diploma in Law (Human Rights)