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An introduction to international human rights instruments and institutions.
This course provides an introduction to international human rights law in the New Zealand context. It aims to familiarise students with the core legal instruments and institutions relevant to the protection and promotion of human rights at the international level, along with some of the topical issues and controversies. The intended scope of lectures, time permitting, is as follows:• overview of the history and development of the international human rights framework;• discussion of the major multilateral human rights treaties and institutions within the United Nations system;• discussion of selected topics such as the right to freedom from torture, the right to water, indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights and the human rights obligations of multi-national corporations;• consideration of the methods for ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations; • examination of the links between international and domestic means of protecting and promoting human rights.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Carry out independent research in the international human rights field that demonstrates their information literacy; Deliver an oral presentation that communicates their knowledge, understanding and critical evaluative skills to others; Understand, interpret and critique the key elements of the international human rights framework; Identify international human rights issues in factual scenarios and construct responses to those issues; Understand and explain the relationship between the international and domestic systems of human rights protection.
(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110
Students are strongly encouraged to take LAWS324 before, or concurrently with, LAWS322.
The assessment is likely to consist of a short Presentation (10%), a Wikipedia Assignment (30%) and a Final Examination (60%).The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah, & Sandesh Sivakumaran;
International Human Rights Law;
McBeth, Nolan & Rice;
The International Law of Human Rights;
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Philip Alston & Ryan Goodman;
International Human Rights;
Oxford University Press, 2013.
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Domestic fee $737.00
International fee $3,450.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Law.