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International Human Rights Organisations (LLB376)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description Focuses on the nature, origins, and operations of international human rights organisations framework, including looking at the United Nations, associated organisations and NGOs. Topics covered include treaties, mechanisms and the application of standards relating to international human rights law. Students will also learn how these organisations operate in practical terms, their role in promoting and enforcing human rights, and their practical strengths and limitations.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the role of the UN and its major affiliated programmes and agencies in promoting and protecting human rights;
2. Recognise and understand of the role of the institutions and mechanisms that make up the core international human rights system;
3. Understand how the UN human rights mechanisms function to protect and promote human rights, including their utility and limitations;
4. Recognise and understand of the role of NGOs and and other stakeholders in the UN human rights mechanisms;
5. Understand how to effectively use mechanisms within the international human rights framework, in practical contexts, strategically and with legal and ethical integrity;
6. Appreciate the political, cultural, and other dimensions that influence the promotion and protection of international human rights through international human rights organisations;
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars/lectures: 24 hours taught intensively in the winter break in Geneva.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. Seminars will provide students with an opportunity to engage collectively with topics in the unit and to test their understanding.
Assessment An assignment, mid semester test and an exam
Prerequisites Successful completion of all Part 1 units in the LLB; LAW259/LLB259 Constitutional Law, and successful completion/concurrent enrolment in LLB358/LAW258 Australian Administrative Law
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LAW376 International Human Rights Organisations may not enrol in this unit.
Notes The ST3 enrolment option for this unit is offered as part of the International Human Rights Law Program in Geneva, Switzerland. Enrolment in this program is by application. Students enrolling in the program are responsible for their own airfares, accommodation and incidental expenses during the program. Contact the School of Law for further information.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
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.


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