LAWS322-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

International Human Rights

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


An introduction to international human rights instruments and institutions.

This course provides an introduction to the 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 and protecting and promoting human rights.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Carry out research in the international human rights field that demonstrates their information literacy;
  • Deliver a 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 and challenges and construct response to those issues;
  • Understand and explain the relationship between the international and domestic systems of human rights protection.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 A3 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird


Shea Esterling


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 26 Aug 2021 35%
Group Video Presentation 23 Sep 2021 15%
Final Exam 50%

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Moeckli, Shah, Sivakumaran and Harris; International Human Rights Law;

Recommended Reading

Bedggood, Gledhil and McIntosh; International Human Rights Law in Aotearoa New Zealand;

McBeth, Nolan and Rice; The International Law of Human Rights;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law.

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