Course Title: Human Rights Law in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Rights Law in Australia

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law




Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr Timnah Baker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1413

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods


Course Description

This course provides a broad overview of international human rights law and its interaction with the protection of human rights in Australia. The course begins with an overview of the history, nature and structure of human rights law and the main human rights treaties and UN supervisory bodies. The course then looks at the sources of human rights law in Australia including the Constitution, state human rights legislation, the common law and international human rights norms. Finally, the international and Australian law relating to human rights is studied in the context of counter terrorism laws, anti-discrimination law, indigenous Australians, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and corporations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin human rights law at the international and Australian levels;
2. critically evaluate the law of human rights and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to human rights and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to human rights and generate appropriate responses.


Overview of Learning Activities

Seminar format with group discussions, small group work and class presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in the Graduate School of Business and Law generally includes, case studies and research assignment and examinations.