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International Human Rights Instruments and Organisations (LLB321)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: ST3-internal
Description This unit will review the legal nature, content and application of international human rights. Human rights standards as set out in regional and international treaties and declarations will be considered, together with an in-depth look at the rights of interest to particular groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples and refugees. The unit will involve a consideration of fundamental human rights standards recognised and how these are enforced through international and domestic mechanisms.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the legal, political and moral issues relating to juridical norms whose purpose is to protect human rights;
2. Explain the international human rights' treaty and customary international law regimes and their main features;
3. Explain the role of the UN, NGOs and Inter-government organisations in promoting and protecting human rights;
4. Describe the role of the institutions and mechanisms that make up the core international human rights system.
5. Critically assess the legal and political significance and deficiencies of international human rights instruments and institutions.
6. Conduct independent research in the field of international human rights law and theorize on human rights law concepts.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit will be delivered in online lectures and workshops via Collaborate. These will be taught in three modules the first two during the month of July, the third in August.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content.
Other Learning Experiences As well as the lecture content students will participate in online workshops and targeted activities to explore the content of the unit.
Assessment Assessment will include: 2 online tests, a simulation exercise and an assignment.
Prerequisites All Part 1 units in the LLB, LAW259/LLB259 Constitutional Law, and completion of LLB358 Administrative Law.
Notes The ST3 enrolment option for this unit is offered as part of the International Human Rights Law Program usually offered in Geneva, Switzerland, however it will be offered online in 2020 Contact the School of Law for further information.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
Associate Professor Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6806
e: M.Kenny@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.016 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: ST3-Internal
Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
Associate Professor Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6806
e: M.Kenny@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.016 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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