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Human Rights, Policy and the Law - LAWS260

This unit will explore the dynamic area of public policy and legal developmentsĀ in relation to human rights.
It will examine how human rights values and rights-based discourses inform the interaction of law and policy in the regulation of individuals' behaviour and the protection of individual rights. Students will analyse the impact of the law and various stakeholders on policy formulation, including in relation to the three case studies of asylum seekers/refugees, sexuality and gender identity (SOGI) rights, and civil liberties. They will be challenged to critically analyse contemporary human rights initiatives and to assess the implications for legal and policy-making forums of differing conceptions of rights, and the different disciplines of law and international relations. These include the differences between 'natural' conceptions that view human rights as pre-political protections for fundamental human interests, and 'political' conceptions that view human rights as arising through states' political and legal practices.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Law Staff

(18cp at 100 level or above) including LAW115 or LEX101 or LEX102 Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Macquarie Law School

Faculty of Arts

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