Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

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


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 2 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.monash.edu/law/current-students/postgraduate/pg-jd-discontinuation-dates
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7253


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.


  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the human rights impacts of the operations of international economic actors to propose new approaches for addressing human rights concerns
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise relevant human rights concepts in the context of economic globalization, including the right to development, economic social and cultural rights, and the right of political participation
  • Conduct research in human rights in the global economy, based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to human rights in the global economy


Research paper (7,000 words): 100%
Two research papers (3,500 words each): 50% each

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.

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