After World War II, it was internationally agreed to identify the rights of all the world’s peoples and to find ways to ensure that individual governments respected these rights. Following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, many other human rights treaties, and mechanisms for ensuring that governments meet their human rights obligations, have developed.   

This module introduces you to the international human rights system and how you can engage with it in order to improve human rights in New Zealand.   

Learning Outcomes:   

  • Know the significant international human rights treaties ratified by New Zealand.  
  • Understand the importance of the international human rights system to human rights in New Zealand.  
  • Have a beginning understanding about how to engage with the international human rights system. 


  • Time: 60 mins
  • Sound and Video: Both 
  • Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  • Recommended prior learning: The Human Rights Act 1993.