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This course involves a study of the fundamental legal principles and institutions of international human rights, through the medium of contemporary human rights concerns. The course begins with an examination of the human rights framework in international law and the mechanisms for enforcing human rights including consideration of the position of the United Nations in this era of reform. The course also focuses on gross human rights violations and the responsibility of the international community to protect, terrorism, globalisation, and discrimination law among other contemporary topics. This course is part of a general offering of human rights and social justice topics within the UNSW Law School and aims to provides students with an introductory approach to select human rights issues. 

Main Topics

  • What are human rights?
  • Contemporary concerns: human rights issues, for example this may include genocide; discrimination; death penalty and/or the impact of globalisation
  • Framework of the human rights system
  • Human rights enforcement


Faculty Faculty of Law
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