The Master of Human Rights Law & Policy provides an opportunity for the specialised study of human rights law and policy at the postgraduate level and equips diverse graduates to be able to take up the cause of human rights advocacy from within the broad perspective of Law.
The program is designed for professionals across a wide range of disciplines who are seeking detailed knowledge about human rights law and policy. Professionals who will particularly benefit are those working in the public sector, in non-government organisations and in international relations. The program will appeal to students wanting to learn about human rights law and policy in greater depth and to international students who do not have access to such a program in their home universities. The MHRL&P will not itself lead to a professional qualification for legal practice but will enable a student to acquire expertise in human rights law and the policy context in which it operates.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
You will have a functioning and contextual knowledge of international human rights law theory and doctrine;
Gain intellectual skills of legal problem-solving, critical reflection about international human rights laws and their limitations, analysis of legal texts and documents, and an ability to make informed judgments about current events and legal issues;
You will have the option to engage in scholarly research about any issue of international human rights law of your choosing;
Develop a heightened understanding of the role international human rights law in society and be able to reflect on the effectiveness of international human rights law.
The Master of Human Rights Law & Policy may be taken full time in two semesters or part time in a minimum of three semesters. A total of 48 units of credit (8 courses) are required for the award of the degree of MHRL&P, of which at least 36 units of credit must be from Postgraduate Law courses. Postgraduate Law courses are taught in a variety of formats during the University´s formal academic semesters, including summer. While some are taught for two hours per week over a teaching semester, other classes are arranged more intensively to permit students to focus fully on a research essay. Many courses of particular interest to students in employment are scheduled in a venue situated in the CBD.
A total of 48 units of credit (8 courses) is required for the Master of Human Rights Law and Policy (MHRLP). The following compulsory and elective Postgraduate Law courses are available for credit towards the degree.
All students enrolled in the MHRLP must satisfactorily complete the compulsory course:
LAWS8181 International Human Rights (6 UOC)
Students whose undergraduate degree is from a discipline other than Law must also satisfactorily complete:
LAWS8110 Legal Concepts Research (6 UOC)
Postgraduate Law electives approved for the MHRL&P
LAWS8013 Transnational Policing (6 UOC)
LAWS8037 SurveillanceSecurityDemocracy (6 UOC)
LAWS8048 Administrative Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8052 Human Rights Internship (6 UOC)
LAWS8056 Disability Law and Policy (6 UOC)
LAWS8058 Workplace Change & Conflict (6 UOC)
LAWS8060 Human Rights in Asia (6 UOC)
LAWS8061 Australian Bills of Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8067 Law, Culture the International (6 UOC)
LAWS8081 Adv. Issues in Internat. Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8082 Peaceful Settle. of Int. Disp. (6 UOC)
LAWS8085 International Organisations (6 UOC)
LAWS8087 IL and Use of Force (6 UOC)
LAWS8102 Proliferation of WMD (6 UOC)
LAWS8104 International Child Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8107 Adv Issues in Int Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8123 Indigenous Children Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8124 Indigenous Women and the Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8125 Criminal Process: Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8146 Human Rights Law in Practice (6 UOC)
LAWS8153 Peoples´ Tribunals (6 UOC)
LAWS8157 European Human Rights Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8162 Media and Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8164 Human Rights and Security (6 UOC)
LAWS8166 Human Rights Fields & Advocacy (6 UOC)
LAWS8180 Principles of Intl Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8182 International Social Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8188 Law of Armed Conflict (6 UOC)
LAWS8189 Transnt´l Bus & Hum Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8190 International Refugee Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8192 Law, Rights & Development (6 UOC)
LAWS8209 Crim Justice:Global Perspectiv (6 UOC)
LAWS8319 Internat Env Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8391 Int´l Discrimination Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8413 Indigenous Peoples in Intl Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8415 Contemporary Indigenous Issues (6 UOC)
LAWS8423 Research Thesis: 6 uoc (6 UOC)
LAWS8991 International Criminal Law (6 UOC)
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