International Human Rights Law: Collective Rights

10 Units

This course provides an advanced description, analysis and critical evaluation of the right to self-determination, a collective human right at the centre of the international human rights framework. Students are provided the opportunity to compare three leading case studies in the implementation of the right of self-determination, to understand the right’s nature and scope in different contexts. The course will also consider emerging collective rights in the international law system, with particular focus on the role which rights to environment, sustainability and intergenerational equity might play in responding to the circumstances of persons displaced by climate change.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and specialised understanding of the international human rights framework, particular in relation to collective rights.
  2. Critically evaluate multiple and conflicting perspectives on international human rights law and engage in open-minded and advanced discussion of the implementation of such rights in an applied context.
  3. Critically evaluate hierarchies and categories in the international law system.
  4. Engage in high-level debates with peers and teachers, to test understanding of key principles and concepts in international human rights law..
  5. Carry out specialised research on international human rights law by exploring and evaluating primary and secondary sources, and providing critical analysis of the application of international human rights norms in particular contexts.
  6. Prepare and present advanced legal arguments, orally and in writing, and make productive contributions to class discussion.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Overview of the international human rights framework
  2. Sources of human rights law
  3. Categories of human rights
  4. Collective human rights as a distinct category
  5. The right to self-determination
  6. Self-determination case studies
  7. Emerging collective human rights, including the rights to environment, sustainability and intergenerational equity
  8. A right to peace
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Masters of Laws program.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Presentations - Individual
  • Practical Demonstration: Leadership of class discussion/debate on an assigned topic
  • Essay: Research Essay

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6045
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