Human rights are an important focal point in international affairs in the 21st century. Decisions about many crucial issues – how aid funding is distributed, how refugee and migration movements are regulated, when and why states may engage in armed conflict with each other, and the control and distribution of material goods – are guided by human rights theory, and governed by human rights treaties and international human rights law.
The study of human rights, explores human rights law, practice and activism, which are among the most widely accepted approaches to addressing harms suffered by humans worldwide. Human rights issues discussed include torture, hunger, military aggression, ethnic violence, political corruption and discrimination.
As a student of human rights you will examine the nature and legitimacy of human rights claims and the role of human rights in the broader context of international affairs. You will investigate human rights from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including the history of human rights and the way human rights are implicated in geography, criminology and law.
Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in human rights, to Honours and then graduate research.
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Our human rights research aims to answer fundamental questions such as:
- Can violations of human rights justify interfering in the domestic affairs of the violating nation?
- What are the rights of asylum seekers; does the world have a responsibility for misplaced peoples?
- Is torture ever justified?
- Do children have the same human rights as adults?