LAWS322-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015

International Human Rights

15 points
23 Feb 2015 - 28 Jun 2015


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.

Learning Outcomes

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


Timetable Note

Students are strongly encouraged to take LAWS324 before, or concurrently with, LAWS322.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Wikipedia Article 30 Apr 2015 30%
Optional Participation 10%
Final Exam 70%

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.


Recommended Reading

Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah, & Sandesh Sivakumaran; International Human Rights Law; 2nd ed; OUP, 2014.

McBeth, Nolan & Rice; The International Law of Human Rights; Oxford University Press, 2011.

Philip Alston & Ryan Goodman; International Human Rights; Oxford University Press, 2013.

Course links

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Indicative Fees

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.

All LAWS322 Occurrences

  • LAWS322-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015