LLM Human Rights, Gender and Family


LLM Human Rights, Gender and Family

Higher postgraduate course, second semester

Course convener(s): Dr Amanda Barratt and Prof Jaco Barnard-Naude

Entrance requirements: See rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

Course outline:

This course examines some of the human rights implications of family law and gender. Some of the specific themes investigated may include the following (amongst others):

  • What is a family? Historical, theoretical and constitutional approaches
  • Is a rights-based approach appropriate for family law? Are some kinds of rights more appropriate than others?
  • Autonomy rights and the family
  • Diversity, culture and lived realities
  • Agency and grassroots expressions of human rights
  • Family economics
  • Family violence
  • Identity issues
  • Reproductive rights

A draft reading list for the course can be downloaded here.

DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance at all lectures, participation on class seminars and submission of course assignment.


Written assignment and seminar presentation 30%

Examination 70%