Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013



This unit will explore the multiple intersections and integration of Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Law. The Human Rights/Intellectual property interface also involves, among other things, the intersection between international law and domestic (principally Australian) law. In particular, the unit will focus on the substantive, procedural, and institutional intersection between Human Rights and Intellectual Property both in international law contexts (such as Chapter 17 of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, WIPO and the WTO), and in Australian domestic law.


  1. To introduce students of Human Rights Law and those of Intellectual Property Law to the basic contours and purposes of each other's field.
  2. To give Human Rights and Intellectual Property students a firm grounding in the increasingly ubiquitous intersection between their respective fields of law: an intersection that is likely to become a common feature of legal practice, legislation, and policy in both fields.
  3. To give students from other fields of law and non-law students insights into one of the most important aspects of the impact of property rights in creativity and information on fundamental human rights and human dignity.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Contact hours

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