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 2021 postgraduate human rights subjects and related topics

In 2021, we have a dynamic program of subjects covering a varied range of human rights and related topics. Teachers include distinguished visitors from overseas and interstate, as well as highly accomplished members of the Monash Law faculty.

Introductory human rights subject

Overview of International Human Rights Law, taught by either Assoc. Professor Julie Debeljak (1st offering) and Associate Professor Heli Askola (2nd offering).

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.

Trimester 1: February 2021

  • LAW5476, The death penalty: Law, politics and advocacy, taught by Associate Professor Mai Sato

Semester 1: March 2021

Trimester 2: April to June 2021

Semester 2: July to September 2021

Trimester 3: August to September 2021

Term 4: October 2021

There are many other postgraduate units available, see the postgraduate timetable at:

Timetable 2021 - Masters, JD electives, Graduate Diplomas and Single Unit enrolments