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
OfferedNot offered in 2014



The first years of the new millennium have seen an intense focus on the issue of global terrorism as a result of the attacks on the United States in 2001 and the subsequent 'war on terror'. This campaign is multi-faceted and includes police actions, military campaigns and the enactment of stringent anti-terrorism legislation. There has been widespread concern about the human rights impact of these actions, from the alleged torture and indefinite detention of suspected terrorists to tough anti-terrorism laws, such as those enacted in Australia, the UK, and the USA.


Upon completion of this unit, students should:

  1. have a comprehensive understanding of international, comparative and local approaches to combating terrorism, both in a historical context and in response to the post September 11 'war on terror'
  2. have a comprehensive understanding of international, comparative and local anti-terrorism laws
  3. be able to analyse and critically comment on the international and domestic human rights implications of anti-terrorism laws
  4. have a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law as they relate to terrorism and counter-terrorism laws and practices
  5. understand and be able to analyse and critically comment on the theoretical and policy debates regarding the balance between combating terrorism and upholding international human rights law
  6. be able to analyse the extent to which Australia's domestic anti-terrorism laws are consistent with international and domestic human rights law
  7. be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Australian laws and structures relating to the human rights of those suspected of committing, or charged with, terrorism offences
  8. be able to analyse and compare anti-terrorism laws enacted in key domestic jurisdictions, including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom
  9. have a comprehensive understanding of the international human rights obligations and standards, and the system for monitoring and enforcement thereof, pertaining to terrorism and anti-terrorism laws
  10. be able to identify or find the relevant principles, laws and precedents and apply them to resolve issues relating to terrorism and human rights
  11. further develop legal research, writing, and legal argument skills in the area of terrorism and human rights
  12. further develop oral articulation of legal argument during class discussions.


Research paper (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
Research paper (7,500 words): 100%

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)