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Human Rights Defender - JURD7386
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0
Enrolment Requirements:
Currently enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Law.
Excluded: LAWS3186
Fee Band: 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The Human Rights Defender is a semester-long internship with the Human Rights Defender and the Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRC). The Defender is a tri-annual publication which has a long history with the AHRC and is known for providing high-quality, engaging content on human rights issues, both nationally and globally, in an accessible format. The Student Editor will be working as part of a team within the Defender and also within the AHRC.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

It is recommended but not required that you have studied either International Human Rights Law or Public International Law.

Course Objectives

The Student Editor will work under the guidance of the editors of the Human Rights Defender. They will gain skills in editing and proofing, writing and commissioning and forming relationships with other human rights organisations, academics and members of the legal profession.

The Editorship will provide students with an understanding of current human rights issues as well as organisations and individuals operating domestically and internationally that advocate and campaign on these issues.

Main Topics

  • Students will be responsible for overseeing the production of at least one edition of the magazine. This will include editing and proofing, writing and commissioning articles for the magazine.
  • Students will be responsible for liaising with individual contributors and organisations to commission articles for the Defender.
  • In addition, students will liaise with the Australian Human Rights Centre and may also become involved in and assist with general activities of the Centre.
  • The Student editor will be required to write an article (1500-1800 words) to be published in the magazine.


This is a pass/fail course. Assessment is based on satisfactorily completing the tasks set in producing the Human Rights Defender.

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