LAWS322-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

International Human Rights

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


An introduction to international human rights instruments and institutions.

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.

The intended scope of lectures, time permitting, is as follows:
•  overview of the history and development of the international human rights framework;
•  discussion of the major multilateral human rights treaties and institutions within the United Nations system;
•  discussion of selected topics such as the right to freedom from torture, the right to water, indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights and the human rights obligations of multi-national corporations;
•  consideration of the methods for ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations;
•  examination of the links between international and domestic means of protecting and promoting human rights.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  •  Carry out independent research in the international human rights field that demonstrates their information literacy;
  •  Deliver an oral presentation that communicates their knowledge, understanding and critical evaluative skills to others;
  •  Understand, interpret and critique the key elements of the international human rights framework;
  •  Identify international human rights issues in factual scenarios and construct responses to those issues;
  •  Understand and explain the relationship between the international and domestic systems of human rights protection.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110


Timetable Note

Students are strongly encouraged to take LAWS324 before, or concurrently with, LAWS322.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird


Rhonda Powell and Shea Esterling


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Wikipedia Article 11 Sep 2017 30%
Group Presentation 15%
Wikipedia Corrections 13 Oct 2017 5%
Final Exam 50%

The assessment is likely to consist of a short  presentation (10%), a Wikipedia assignment (35%) and a final examination (55%).

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

Course links

Learn Course Link

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* 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 .

All LAWS322 Occurrences

  • LAWS322-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017