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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Melbourne Law School’s new Master of Human Rights Law being offered from 2016

An increased demand from potential students will see Melbourne Law School offer a standalone Master of Human Rights Law from next year.

University of Melbourne Law School

Master of Human Rights Law being offered from 2016 (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

The new degree will be co-directed by Professors Dianne Otto and John Tobin.

Professor Otto says MLS has attracted a large number of world-renowned scholars to teach in the program.

“In 2016, in addition to the compulsory introductory subject, International Human Rights Law, which John and I teach together, there are subjects dealing with human rights in the context of terrorism, economic globalisation, business, armed conflict, health, work, migration, and trade and development, as well as subjects that focus on the rights of specific groups like refugees, minorities, children and women,” she says.

“There are three highlights of particular note. First, Professor Philip Alston from New York University Law School, who is also the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will teach a subject called Reimagining Human Rights, with his colleague Professor Gráinne de Búrca also from NYU.”

“Second, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, one of Australia’s most outstanding international legal scholars, will teach Women, War and Peacebuilding.

“And third, Professor Ratna Kapur, from Jindal Global Law School in India, internationally-renowned for her post-colonial feminist research in human rights law, will teach Universality and Human Rights.”

The new program stems from an amplified interest in human rights law developed in part from offering a Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law, and the offering of human rights law as a specialty subject in other Masters programs.

Professor Otto says for those interested in this area of law, the Graduate Diploma was not enough.

“There is a great deal of interest from students in this area of law, and students will often decide to take a human rights subject to broaden their horizons and be challenged in a different way, even if their specialty is something like tax or corporate law.”

“Establishing the Master of Human Rights Law was the next logical step: to showcase the fact that we offer the widest range of human rights subjects at the graduate level in Australia, to draw attention to the many eminent human rights scholars that teach in the program, and to respond to student interest and demand,” she says.

The study and practise of human rights law in today’s society, the international and human rights law expert says, has a crucial role to play in addressing poverty, dispossession and disenfranchisement to make the world safer; more environmentally sustainable, peaceful and egalitarian.

“In domestic legal systems and internationally, human rights law is a rapidly developing area of law that touches on every aspect of our lives and offers important tools for challenging inequality and marginalisation,” Professor Otto says.

“Human rights provide a language that values everyone on the basis of our shared humanity. In the current climate, where free market values are dominant and human worth has come to be measured in largely economic terms, human rights law provides one means to reaffirm the importance of human dignity and insist that this must outweigh and reshape market considerations.

“Thus human rights law has a role to play in every area of law, not just in the obvious areas of public law like constitutional and administrative law, but also in commercial and competition law, resources, energy and environmental law, tax law and so on. In international law, realising universal enjoyment of human rights is one of the purposes of the United Nations and therefore, not just its member states, but all of its organs and specialised agencies have human rights obligations.”

The subjects offered in the new program aimed to deepen students’ engagement with and understanding of the challenging area of law.

Professor Otto also made clear the degree was beneficial to those outside of the legal profession, such as those working in government departments like foreign affairs or economic development, or in non-governmental development or human rights organisations in Australia and around the world.

The 2016 program will be available on the Law School website by mid-September.

About the Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (2 or 2.5 years for accelerated program)
Application deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

University of Melbourne’s JD application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should emphasize any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including extracurricular activity, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements. Statements should be typewritten; the pages should be numbered; and the applicant’s name and date of birth should appear on each page.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Law School!


Do you have any questions regarding Melbourne Law School and how to apply to the Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Indigenous education advocate graduates from Monash Law School

Indigenous education advocate Inala Cooper has just recently graduated from Monash Law School with a Master of Human Rights Law.

Inala Cooper, daughter of Monash Distinguished Alumni, Indigenous advocate, lawyer and academic, Professor Mick Dodson AM, Monash University Faculty of Law’s first Aboriginal law graduate, graduated at a ceremony in Melbourne this past week.

Inala is currently the Senior Adviser, Indigenous Policy and Strategy at Monash University’s Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit. She is dedicated to the advancement of the rights of Indigenous Australians and is passionate about closing the gap in education.“I have no plans to embark on an academic career, despite my dad’s best efforts,” Inala said.

“I’m going to draw on my skills and talents to try and ensure that more Indigenous people have access to a quality education and that Monash continues to have a human rights focus in creating that access. I have had that opportunity and through my work at Monash I am helping create those opportunities for other Indigenous people.

“The person who discovers a cure for cancer, the next astronaut or the next person who sits at the UN could be an Indigenous person who has had the chance to excel in their chosen field. I know that by working to create those chances is where I can make the biggest difference to the lives of others.”

Inala is currently working with Monash University to increase access and support for Indigenous students, ensure retention and advancement of Indigenous staff and students, and maintain a culturally safe environment for Indigenous people at Monash.

Inala’s undergraduate degree was in Arts, majoring in Drama and Contemporary Dance and she first went to the United Nations in Geneva at the age of 14. It was after a trip to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York in 2009, as assistant to her dad Mick, former Expert Member, that she realized embarking on postgraduate study in human rights would be the next stepping stone in her career.

Inala is a former employee of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development, working in the Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs. She is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters of Broome, Western Australia and was a finalist for the Institute of Public Administration Australia Young Indigenous Leader Award in 2009.

Distinguished Alumni Professor Mick Dodson completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1974 and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 1978. He was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—serving as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998.

He was named Australian of the Year in 2009 in recognition of his lifetime commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people and promoting understanding between all Australians. In 2003 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous community and as a campaigner for native title rights.

Patrick Dodson, former Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now Reconciliation Australia), former Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and uncle to Inala was also present to witness her graduation.

About Monash Law School

Monash Law School is one of the largest and most prestigious law schools in Australia and is currently ranked 13th in the QS World University rankings. The school provides legal education and training to more than 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Monash Law School offers a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree (with a graduate-entry option), a Juris Doctor (JD) program and a number of postgraduate legal degrees, including a Doctor of Judicial Sciences, Doctor of Laws, Master of Laws by Research, and several postgraduate master by coursework programs.

Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School LLB Program

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

  • Completed a high school diploma
  • Achieved a minimum 85% average based on your best six Grade 12 subjects

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this law program if you have achieved a minimum average of 85% or above in your Grade 12 studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the Monash Law School. If you have completed some university studies, you will need to submit your undergraduate transcripts for assessment as well, and may be eligible to receive credit for your previous studies.

OzTREKK also recommends that students submit a resume and/or personal statement along with their application. The LSAT is not required for entry to the LLB program at Monash University.

Starting semesters for the LLB program:

  • 2013 July
  • 2014 February

Apply now to the Monash Law School Bachelor of Laws program!

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School JD Program

  • JD applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants with a minimum, cumulative average of 75% above in their university studies, as well as work/life experience, will be considered for admission. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. Monash University does not require the LSAT for entry in the Juris Doctor program.
  • Work experience is not required for admission.
  • OzTREKK also recommends that students submit a resume and/or a personal statement along with their application.
  • Interviews may be conducted if a candidate meets the academic requirements. If an interview is required, it will be held via teleconferencing by the JD assessment team.
  • Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Monash JD program.

Starting semesters for the Monash University JD program:

  • 2013 May
  • 2013 August
  • 2014 January

Apply now to  the Monash Law School Juris Doctor program!


For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Law Schools in Australia page or contact OzTREKK Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

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