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MLL211 - Human Rights Law


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MLL417
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jane Kotzmann
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Successful completion of MLL113 and 3 credit points of Law units

Incompatible with: MLL302, MLL417
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


The unit provides an overview of the development, substance and enforcement of international human rights law. Almost seven decades after the human rights regime emerged out of the disasters of the Second World War, human rights norms and institutions deeply inform the rhetoric, practice and theory of international law and politics, as well as the internal constitutional structures of many states (including Australia). Although the frailties of human rights as an ideal, an ideology or practice are evident, the concept of human rights has become a part of modern consciousness, a lens through which to see the world, a universal discourse, a potent aspiration. This course uses the term ‘human rights regime’ to include post-1945 governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental institutions and practices in both national and international contexts in the recognition and protection of human rights.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify, explain and analyse the underlying principles and key standards of international human rights, including the content of various human rights.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2:  ommunication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify, explain and analyse international mechanisms designed to enforce international human rights norms.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2:  ommunication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate aspects of human rights law in light of contemporary human rights issues.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain and analyse the relevance of international human rights jurisprudence and judgments to human rights law in Australia.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2:  ommunication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Plan and undertake independent legal research on issues within international human rights law.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge
and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management



Synthesise knowledge to develop and propose solutions to existing human rights issues.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge
and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Written assignment (Individual) Research essay 2500 words 50% Week 2
Examination (Short-answer and essay questions) 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL211 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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