This topic looks at the international law, politics and practice of human rights. During the six weeks of this intensive topic, we will examine the history and theory of human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the core human rights treaties.
There will be a focus on the role of the United Nations in the development, implementation, and monitoring of international human rights, including the UN Human Rights Council, the treaty-based bodies, Special Procedures and other subsidiary bodies, and the Universal Periodic Review. Consideration will also be given to the role of regional bodies (such as the European Union and the Organization of American States) in human rights and the place of international human rights in Australian law.
This topic aims to teach students to: