University of Technology Sydney

76007 International Human Rights Law

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 78151 Human Rights Law AND 78182 Human Rights Law


International human rights law, a body of law designed to oversee the treatment of individuals and groups by the State machinery, formalises the principles of freedom, justice, equality and human dignity that govern sociopolitical relations. As a legal discipline, it is relevant not only to societies with oppressive regimes but also to those with more sophisticated, democratic institutions, and has significant implications for international relations and global security. International human rights law imposes obligations on the State, rendering it accountable internationally for the treatment of persons both at the hands of government institutions and officials and through the acts of private persons.

This subject introduces students to the fundamental principles of international human rights law, primarily through an analysis of international instruments and their application, and the international and regional mechanisms for its promotion, supervision and enforcement. In addition, students examine the philosophical, political and social dimensions of human rights through case studies of current human rights problems.

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