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 2020 postgraduate human rights subjects
In 2020, 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.
Trimester 1: January to May 2020
- LAW5370, Discrimination law and human rights at work, taught by Joanna Butteridge
- LAW5430, Advanced evidence and proof in litigation, taught by Nicole Mollard
- LAW5469 Family violence, gender and law, taught by Dr Becky Batagol
Semester 1: March to May 2020
- LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law, taught by Associate Professor Julie Debeljak
Trimester 2: March to August 2020
- LAW5428 Health Law, taught by Dr Ronli Sifris
- LAW5454 Climate Change and Displacement, taught by Dr Scott Leckie
- LAW5343 Privacy and Surveillance in the age of AI, taught by Professor Moira Paterson
- LAW5359 International human rights and law and women, taught by Dr Tania Penovic
- LAW5330 International refugee law and practice, taught by Dr Maria O’Sullivan
- LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law, taught by Dr Annegret Kaemph
- LAW5365, Terrorism and human rights,taught by Dan Mori
Semester 2: July to October 2020
- LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law, taught by Associate Professor Heli Askola
- LAW5409 Principles of family law, taught by Associate Professor Adiva Sifris
- LAW5392 Globalisation and international economic law, taught by Professor Frank Garcia
Trimester 3: August to December 2020
Term 4: October to December 2020
- LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation, taught by Nicole Mollard
- LAW5317 Principles of policy and freedom of information, taught by Professor Moira Paterson
- LAW5417 Children's Rights in International Law, taught by Professor Paula Gerber
There are many other postgraduate units available, see the postgraduate timetable at: