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
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
- LAW5304, Overview of international human rights law, taught by Associate Professor Julie Debeljak
- LAW5383, International refugee law and human rights, taught by Dr Maria O’Sullivan
Trimester 2: April to June 2021
- LAW5348, Indigenous rights and international law, taught by Associate Professor Melissa Castan
- LAW5469, Family violence, gender and law, taught by Associate Professor Becky Batagol
- LAW5338, International humanitarian law, taught by Dan Mori
Semester 2: July to September 2021
- LAW5334, Psychiatry, psychology and law, taught by Dr Annegret Kaemph
- LAW5304, Overview of international human rights law, taught by Associate Professor Heli Askola
- LAW5314, International environmental law, taught by Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam
- LAW5343, Privacy and Surveillance in the age of AI, taught by Associate Professor Normann Witzleb
- LAW5392 Globalisation and international economic law, taught by Professor Frank Garcia
Trimester 3: August to September 2021
- LAW5428, Health Law, taught by Dr Ronli Sifris
- LAW5370, Discrimination law and human rights at work, taught by Joanna Butteridge
Term 4: October 2021
- LAW5474, Human rights adjudication in international and domestic courts, taught by Professor the Hon. Kevin H Bell AM QC
There are many other postgraduate units available, see the postgraduate timetable at: