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.


Not offered in 2016


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7333


This course aims at providing an introduction to the Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities through analysis of how bills of rights have been grafted into constitutional and administrative law in comparable overseas jurisdiction. This exercise is particularly significant to a Victorian context, given that the Victorian Charter has borrowed heavily from legal techniques developed in overseas jurisdictions for securing fundamental rights protection. The course therefore provides not only invaluable experience in the comparative method in the context of human rights law, but also important insight into the genesis of core principles of the Victorian Charter.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the following areas with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
    1. The content of and case law under the domestic bills of rights in Victoria;
    2. the technique of incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights under the United Kingdom law Human Rights Act 1998 (UK) and its place in the United Kingdom Constitution;
    3. the human rights jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, and how it is applied under United Kingdom law; and
    4. the extent to which Australian and United Kingdom human rights law have come to diverge due to the influence of "Europe" on the latter.
      • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the implementation of bills of rights in Australia, with those of other countries, particularly the UK, New Zealand and Canada; Conduct research into comparative bills of rights 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 Australian, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canadian human rights law.


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

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)