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Law, Rights and Development - LAWS8192
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Pre-requisite: Academic Program must be 9200 or 9210 or 9230 or 5740 or 9220 or 5750 or 9211 or 5211.
Excluded: JURD7892
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Development is vital to the livelihoods of billions of people. This course explores the interactions between international human rights law, other bodies of international law and the process or phenomenon of development. It does this by exploring the legal and normative framework within which international law involves itself in rights and development and by identifying several aspects for closer examination. Particular attention is given to: theories of rights and development; the role of ‘political’ laws in development; the challenge of climate change; the impact of international economic law on rights and development; human health and transnational business; the global food crisis; and, law and rights in forced displacement. The course will be taught by Gillian Moon and by a selection of guest speakers. This course is part of a general offering of human rights and social justice topics within the UNSW Law School and aims to provide students with an introductory approach to selected international law, human rights and development issues.

This course is also available to students undertaking relevant postgraduate non-law degree programs at UNSW, provided such enrolment is approved by the appropriate non-law Faculty.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

This course aims to:
  • Examine and analyse the main legal concepts and principles of international human rights law
  • Examine the interaction between international human rights and development
  • Develop the skills necessary for communicating and debating the role law, rights and development play in the general growth of law and society
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Have a sound knowledge of the main legal concepts and principles of international human rights law and its interaction with development
  • Explain in your own words the meaning of legal concepts, doctrines and principles we have studied
  • Analyse the primary sources of human rights law and the theories of development
  • Demonstrate an ethical understanding of the nature of human rights law and development policies and be aware of on-going and future issues in this area

Main Topics

  • Introduction to international human rights law
  • Overview of law and development
  • International economic law and development
  • Corporations and their impact on rights and development
  • International environmental law and its impact on rights and development
  • Governance and Development
  • Migration, displacement, conflict and development
  • Gender and development


Class Participation -15%
Class exercise - 25%
Research Essay (5000-5500 words) - 70%

Course Texts

Course Materials must be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop.

Additional materials will be distributed during classes. The further reading listed each week is optional and is not contained in the Course Materials. It is available online or at the UNSW Law School Library.


Refer to Course Outline on Blackboard.

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