The International Human Rights Law in Argentina program aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to enable a critical analysis of complex problems such as judicial independence, transnational justice, military dictatorship and amnesty laws.

The program will give you an understanding of the history of Human Rights abuse in Argentina over the last 40 years. The classes will provide you with an overview of the key international actors involved, as well as the international conventions and resolutions currently in place. The program will also look at what barriers to freedom of expression Argentina has faced overtime. It will cover topics such as police abuse, specifically use of excessive force, and prison conditions.

This intensive and dynamic program will involve academic classes, cultural activities and site visits. The visits add a rich cultural element to the program by giving students a chance to appreciate in context some of the issues discussed in class. Details for the site visits are yet to be finalised, but it is likely to include:

  1. La Poderosa (a shanty town)
  2. Former clandestine detention centre
  3. Remembrance park ( Parque de la Memoria)
  4. Weekend trip to Iguazu Falls (domestic flights included in the program fee)

** Details to the program are still subject to final change **

Additional Course Information

Module I: Introduction to Argentina’s human right history

Introduction to Argentina’s current history and an approach of Justice Federal System in Argentina:

  • The Bombing on Plaza de Mayo
  • The 1966 coup. Onganía and the Bureaucratic Authoritarian State. The Doctrine of National Security.
  • The Trelew Massacre in 1972
  • The actions of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance since 1973
  • Isabel Martinez de Peron’s “annihilation decrees“
  • Operativo Independencia (Operation Independence)
  • The 1976 coup: the “National Reorganization Process”. The systematic use of State Terrorism. Economic and social transformations

Module II: Human rights violation in Argentina

  • Genocide and crime against humanity
  • CONADEP (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons) and Trial of the Juntas
  • Amnesty laws
  • Repeal of amnesty laws
  • Trial at the Federal Tribunal

Module III: Current critical topics in Human Rights violations (arbitrary detention, urban violence and the situation in the penitentiary system)

  • The penitentiary system: extreme conditions of detention, prison overcrowding and police abuse
  • Disappeared in democracy: Miguel Bru, Luciano Arruga, Julio Lopez, Marita Veron, etc
  • Violent policy methods
  • Sexual slavery

Module IV: Memory, Truth and Justice

  • Human Rights organisations
  • Memory program
  • Transnational justice
  • Judicial independence

University and Faculty

Universidad Nacional de Lanus

The National University of Lanus is a public institution, which has been providing higher education since 1995.

The University is located 30 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus of the National University of Lanus is one of the largest green areas in the region and it allows students to experience a much wider contrast of the country where mixed European and Latin American meet in order to study different courses.

This environment enables students to combine activities in downtown Buenos Aires with the quietness and safety of the University.

The university is part of an ambitious national education project aimed at promoting quality academic offer. The project seeks to foster higher education in the suburbs of Buenos Aires allowing more people to get involved with the University’s community. Thus, its foundation enabled to improve the local area where the campus was recently set.  As a result, the University currently has 14.000 students and is still increasing in numbers.

It combines academic excellence with individual assistance all in a green-friendly environment so students can make the most of their experience in Buenos Aires.

“International Human Rights Law in Argentina was an amazing experience. Our teacher was fantastic – she was so accomplished and was so knowledgeable about the topic. We were also given the opportunity to meet a number of people that most aren’t able to access: we met some prosecutors from the major Human Rights trials ongoing in Buenos Aires, and we visited CELS, an NGO.” Rhiannon Taverner, University of Adelaide

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

The course includes a number of professional visits and cultural activities, both inside and outside of Lanus, designed to give you an appreciation for Argentinian human rights violations, history, culture and attitudes.

  1. La Poderosa (a shanty town)
  2. Former clandestine detention centre
  3. Remembrance park ( Parque de la Memoria)
  4. Weekend trip to Iguazu Falls (domestic flights included in the program fee)
  5. Historical city tour

Accommodation Information

You will be staying at a hostel called La Casa de Pichincha, located in the downtown of Buenos Aires. Pichincha has been working with the University and providing accommodation for overseas university students.

The hostel has barbecue facilities located on the rooftop and a well-equipped shared kitchen. WiFi is available in all areas.

Destination Information


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina is a vast natural wonderland, with the Iguazu falls in the north to the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south. It is full of stunning sights and adventures just waiting to be experienced.

Tango and Futbol (soccer) are things that the Argentines are passionately devoted about. Food is also a culinary journey within Buenos Aires especially; there is a variety of ethnic cuisine from Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern to Scandinavian. Juicy and perfectly grilled steaks are big on the menu, with Parillas (Steak Houses) everywhere.

The city of Buenos Aires, which is located on the banks of the famous River Plate, is undoubtedly the big cosmopolitan entrance to South America. It is a metropolis with boundless energy combining tradition and innovation in its architecture, fashion and art. Like Europe with a melancholic twist, Buenos Aires is unforgettable.

Rounded by its legendary pampas, Buenos Aires gives room to a third of the 40 million Argentineans. Those who decide to study in Buenos Aires will also be able to experience the city: tour its elegant streets and avenues with Parisian 19th century-architectural style, get to know its neighbourhoods and suburbs where all the identities are linked with some national passion such as tango, soccer and politics.


Credit and Funding Basics


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.

1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.