Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2012


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html


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%
Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%