ILAP609-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

International Human Rights Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


International Human Rights Law

This course provides an introduction to international human rights law in the New Zealand context.  It aims to familiarise students with the core legal instruments and institutions relevant to the protection and promotion of human rights at the international level, along with some of the topical issues and controversies. Selected issues include freedom from torture, indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights and the human rights obligations of multi-national corporations. Consideration will also be given to the methods for ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations, including an examination of the links between international and domestic means of protecting and promoting human rights.

The course aims to equip students with an understanding of the international human rights framework; an ability to critically assess the merits of the various international instruments and mechanisms for protecting human rights; and an appreciation of the relevance of international human rights obligations in domestic contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.


DIPL421 (before 2014), LAWS322

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird


Shea Esterling and Rhonda Powell


The assessment is likely to consist of:
Extended research essay of 7,000 words (80%)
Presentation at research seminar (20%)

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $925.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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