LAW5380 - International human rights law and development - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Joyce Research ProfileResearch Profile (

Quota applies

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

Not offered in 2018



Please note that the prerequisite subject can be waived in consultation with the Chief Examiner.

For example, the subject may be waived if the candidate has gained sufficient knowledge through prior learning or experience, or a clear willingness to do adequate reading in advance of this subject.


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Previously coded as LAW7416


This unit will address the relationship between human rights, law and development. The evolution of development theory and the 'rights based approach' to international development will be explored, including identification of relevant legal obligations; particular human rights such as the rights of women and the rights to health and education; consideration of the role of various international actors such as governments and the World Bank; and the role of international development NGOs. Particular reference will be made to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to international human rights law and development with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to international human rights law and development;
  • Conduct research in international human rights law and development 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 international human rights law and development.


Research paper (6,750 words): 90%

Class participation: 10%

Workload requirements

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