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LAWS13-553: Human Rights Law


Human Rights Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject examines the extent to which human rights are legally protected in Australia. The subject begins with an analysis of the nature of a 'human right'. Thereafter, it covers the range of principal human rights and the extent to which they are protected: (a) domestically by the Australian Constitution and Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation; and (b) internationally by treaties and other international instruments and bodies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of international human rights instruments and their content, knowledge of the jurisprudence of the United Nationals Human Rights Committee, knowledge of the impact of international human rights law on Australian law, knowledge about the protection of human rights within Australia by Australian laws and institutions (including the Commonwealth, States and Territories), and detailed knowledge about specific human rights topics which are key areas of practice in Australia and globally.
2. Develop communication skills.
3. Develop skills for professional practice in the field of human rights.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020