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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedPrato Term 2 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Heli Askola


This unit is a general introduction to international human rights law. It is concerned with human rights standards as they exist in international law and the international mechanisms for enforcing these standards. The unit will consider a selection of specific human rights, limitations to human rights (e.g. derogation in time of emergency) and some major contemporary international human rights issues.

NB Quota applies.


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. Understand and analyse international human rights standards and evaluate mechanisms designed to enforce human rights at the international/regional level;
  2. Explain and critically discuss the content of various human rights, such content being identified, inter alia, by reference to the case law of the UN treaty monitoring committees and regional human rights courts;
  3. Understand and critically evaluate some of the philosophical bases of and problems with international human rights law in light of contemporary human rights issues.


Class presentation/discussion: 10%; optional research assignment (1,500 words): 30%; examination: 60% - 2 hrs (plus 30 minutes reading and noting time) with the optional essay OR 90% - 3 hrs (plus 30 minutes reading and noting time) without the optional essay
Unit quota: The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Heli Askola