Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; 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)


  • 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 refer to the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law - Human Rights Career SeriesCastan Centre for Human Rights Law - Human Rights Career Series (


For the most up-to-date list of units available in 2015 by specialisation refer to the faculty's Postgraduate unitsPostgraduate units ( information webpage.

  • LAW5080 Australian legal system*
  • LAW5081 Australian legal process and research**
  • LAW5082 Masters research
  • LAW5083 Minor thesis (6 points)
  • LAW5084 Minor thesis (12 points)
  • LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW5310 Sentencing
  • LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law
  • LAW5338 International humanitarian law
  • LAW5343 Privacy and surveillance: law, policy and governance
  • LAW5354 International criminal justice
  • LAW5359 International human rights law and women
  • LAW5364 Economic social and cultural rights and international law
  • LAW5365 Terrorism and human rights
  • LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work
  • LAW5373 Comparative bills of rights
  • LAW5380 International human rights law and development
  • LAW5383 International refugee law and human rights
  • LAW5404 Genocide in international law
  • LAW5407 Current issues in torts
  • LAW5409 Principles of family law
  • LAW5418 Transitional justice
  • LAW5422 Victorian charter of rights and responsibilities
  • LAW5427 Freedom of speech - law theory and policy
  • LAW5428 Health law
  • LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
  • LAW5439 Sexual minorities and human rights
  • LAW5442 Racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities and human rights.

* Non-law graduates only.

** International students only.

Units to be offered in Prato and Malaysia can be viewed on the Monash Law International Study Programs - Prato and MalaysiaMonash Law International Study Programs - Prato and Malaysia ( webpage.

Contact details

Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor (Director, Graduate Studies)


or for general enquiries


Telephone: +61 3 9903 8035

Relevant courses

  • L5001 Graduate Diploma in Law
  • L6002 Master of Human Rights Law
  • L6004 Master of Laws