Studying human rights law
Studying a human rights masters degree at Monash
The Monash Law postgraduate human rights program
The Monash Faculty of Law (home to the Castan Centre) offers the oldest masters degree in Australia dedicated to the study of human rights law.
The postgraduate programs are ideal for people interested in working for human rights NGOs, development agencies and other human rights bodies. Opportunities for human rights work are also growing in government and the corporate sector. Many people also may wish to incorporate human rights into their current jobs by, for example, conducting pro bono work in the field.
To ensure these opportunities are open to as many people as possible, graduates from both law and non-law disciplines can study postgraduate human rights law at Monash. See also here for more information.
The 2017 postgraduate human rights subjects
In 2017, we have a dynamic program of subjects covering a varied range of human rights. Teachers include distinguished visitors from overseas and interstate, as well as highly accomplished members of the Monash Law faculty.
Introductory human rights subject
Nb: The "Overview" unit is officially a prerequisite for a number of the other units. However, the prerequisite requirement can be waived by agreement with the lecturer, depending on prior experiences and learning, or a willingness to undertake reading prior to the course.
Semester 1: February to June 2017
- LAW5383 International refugee law and human rights, taught by Dr Azadeh Dastyari
- LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law, taught by Dr Heli Askola
- LAW5451 Indigenous peoples and the law, taught by Dr Stephen Gray
- LAW5365 Terrorism and human rights, taught by Professor Sarah Joseph
- LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law, taught by Dr Annegret Kamph
- LAW5409 Principles of family law, taught by Dr Adiva Sifris
- LAW5407 Current issues in torts, taught by Assoc. Professor Normann Witzleb
- LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation, taught by Ms Nicole Mollard
- LAW5310 Sentencing, taught by Professor Arie Freiberg
Semester 2: July to December 2017
- LAW5424 Human trafficking and the law, taught by Professor Jean Allain
- LAW5439 Sexual and gender minorities and human rights law, taught by Professor Paula Gerber
- LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law, taught by Assoc. Professor Julie Debeljak
- LAW5317 Principles of privacy and freedom of information, taught by Professor Moira Paterson
- LAW5392 Globalisation and international economic law, taught by Professor Frank Garcia
- LAW5428 Health law, taught by Dr Ronli Sifris
- LAW5422 Victorian charter of rights and responsibilities, taught by Kate Eastman SC
- LAW5354 International criminal justice, taught by Professor Ellies van Sliedregt
- LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work, taught by Joanna Butteridge and Dr Richard Naughton
There are many other postgraduate units available, see the postgraduate timetable at: