Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Law
Campus(es)City (Melbourne)
CoordinatorDr Gideon Boas


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


The human rights specialisation covers a wide range of traditional and emerging topics, from indigenous and children's rights to issues relating to terrorism, migration and encroachments on privacy. This specialisation enables students to focus on topical human rights issues confronting governments, international bodies, individuals and corporations and allows students to critically engage in and debate these issues.

The specialisation allows graduates from law and non-law disciplines to choose from an extensive range of units covering topics across the domestic and international arenas. It provides 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. Students 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.

Some of the most highly respected human rights academics in the country as well as highly qualified visiting experts teach in the program. These courses, along with the faculty's support of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, have put Monash University at the forefront of the movement to create a human rights law culture in Australia.

This specialisation is particularly relevant for those who wish to pursue a career in human rights law and related work. (e.g. in government, the non-profit sector, corporations, international organisations, development agencies and academe).

For more information on human rights careers see


  • LAW7000 Minor thesis (25,000 - 30,000 words)
  • LAW7026 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW7060 Current problems in family law
  • LAW7066 Forced migration and human rights
  • LAW7076 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper
  • LAW7129 Discrimination law, theory and policy
  • LAW7212 Australian legal system (non-law graduates only)
  • LAW7218 International humanitarian law
  • LAW7253 Human rights in the global economy
  • LAW7260 Indigenous rights and international law
  • LAW7286 International criminal justice
  • LAW7311 International human rights law and women
  • LAW7318 International law and economic, cultural and social rights
  • LAW7320 Terrorism and human rights
  • LAW7330 Protecting the rights of minorities, marginalised and vulnerable people
  • LAW7333 Comparative bills of rights
  • LAW7341 International criminal law: Procedural and practical aspects
  • LAW7342 Legal aspects of the Israel/Palestine dispute
  • LAW7343 The use of force in international law
  • LAW7416 International human rights law and development
  • LAW7418 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW7419 Current issues in human rights law
  • LAW7425 International refugee law and human rights
  • LAW7431 Health law and human rights
  • LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process (international students only)
  • LAW7439 Human rights and intellectual property
  • LAW7456 Minor thesis (12,000 - 15,000 words)
  • LAW7463 The international covenant on civil and political rights
  • LAW7464 Genocide in international law
  • LAW7467 Advanced torts
  • LAW7472 Principles of family law
  • LAW7478 Public international law
  • LAW7482 Transitional justice
  • LAW7481 Children's rights in international law
  • LAW7480 Children's rights in Australian law
  • LAW7486 Victorian charter of rights and responsibilities
  • LAW7491 Freedom of speech - law theory and policy
  • LAW7488 Human trafficking and the law

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Contact details

Monash University Law Chambers


Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Relevant courses

  • 2103 Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 3397 Graduate Diploma in Law (Human Rights)
  • 0068 Master of Laws
  • 3391 Master of Laws (Human Rights)
  • 3392 Master of Human Rights Law