Available in 2012
|Newcastle City Precinct||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004
This course is designed to expose students to the laws which deal with the protection of individuals and groups against violations by governments of certain internationally guaranteed human rights.
By the end of this course, students should:
1. Gain an understanding of some of the complex theoretical, political and socio-economic issues associated with human rights discourse;
2. Become familiar with the structures and processes through which international human rights norms are established and transformed into rights;
3. Understand the relationship of international human rights norms to the Australian legal system;
4. Understand the specific techniques for the implementation of human rights on the domestic and international plane;
5. Become familiar with the particular contemporary issues in human rights such as Indigenous Peoples as well as Globalization, Development and Climate Change.
1. Introduction to the Themes of the Course- Background to the International Human Rights Movement.
2. Relevant United Nations Treaties (ICCPR & ICESCR).
3. National Security, Terrorism and Limitations on Human Rights.
4. United Nations Investigation of Human Rights Violations.
5. United Nations Treaty Bodies: The ICCPR Human Rights Committee.
6. Enforcement Mechanisms and Humanitarian Intervention.
7. State Enforcement of International Human Rights including Australia.
8. Interaction between evolving norms of universal human rights and domestic laws.
9. Conflicting Traditions and Rights: Gender, Religion, Dress and Symbols, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Freedom of Speech.
10. Current Topics: Massive Human Rights Tragedies: Prosecutions and Truth Commissions.
11. Current Topics: Non-State Actors (eg. transnational corporations) and Human Rights.
12. Human Rights, Development and Climate Change.
13. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005, LAWS4001.
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term