Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 3 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit takes the intersection of international economic activity and international human rights as a new and crucial issue for international law and practice. Attention is focused on the human rights impacts of international trade law (particularly that which operates under the of the World Trade Organization), international investment law, the actions of global regulatory bodies such as the IMF and the World Bank, loan repayment conditions for poor states and the activities of multinational corporations.


Students completing this unit will be able to:

  1. understand the intersections between the international human rights regime and international economic institutions {eg, WTO, World Bank, IMF, investment tribunals, multinational corporations)
  2. understand the most relevant human rights in the context of economic globalization, including the right to development, economic social and cultural rights, and the right of political participation
  3. identify the human rights impacts of the operations of international economic actors
  4. identify the human rights obligations of international economic actors
  5. identify avenues through which human rights concerns can be raised within international economic institutions
  6. understand the notion of extraterritorial obligations between rich and poor States
  7. understand proposals for greater integration between human rights and international economic law
  8. 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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements). Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.