LAW5465 - Migration and Human Rights - 2019

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Heli Askola

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 3 2019 (On-campus)


For students enrolled in the Juris Doctor, completion of 72 credit points of core units.

LAW5304: Overview of human rights law


This unit you focuses on the human rights dimensions of migration from an international and comparative perspective. The international movement of people poses one of the greatest challenges to the existing regime of international human rights. This unit examines human rights obligations in relation to migration and the obstacles to realising human rights in the context of global mobility. Topics include labour migration, family migration, migrant inclusion, as well as irregular migration, migrant exploitation and violence against migrants. The unit covers theoretical and sociological insights related to migration and human rights, including debates on sovereignty, nationalism and social welfare. It outlines best practices in promoting and protecting the human rights of migrants and examines the challenges involved in creating a human rights-based approach within current institutional and national frameworks governing migration.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

apply knowledge and understanding in relation to legal and political responses to migration and their implications for human rights, including challenges in protecting and enforcing the rights of migrants;

examine, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to migration and human rights from a comparative and international perspective;

conduct independent research on issues related to migration with reference to international human rights norms, based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and

use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to migration and human rights.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study