• The Nature and Development of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Nature and Development of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Key information
Cost $15/student Duration 3 hours Supervision ratios The supervision ratio is 1:20 for secondary groups. Teachers attend free of charge. Curriculum links Stage 5 History, Core Study 4: Rights and Freedoms (1945-present)
Stage 6 HSC Legal Studies, Core Study - Human Rights
About the program:

This three-hour program focuses on the nature and development of human rights through a consideration of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the immediate context of the Holocaust and World War II. Centred on the Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Holocaust and Human Rights, students will contemplate the creation of the Declaration as a reflection of changing values and ethical standards as well as the implementation of this non-legal document in protecting human rights in the contemporary world.

In addition to a seminar and a tour of the Museum, this program also includes first-hand testimony from a survivor of human rights violations.

Please note, this seminar can also be booked in conjunction with the Rule of Law Institute’s “Law Day Out”. To book a “Law Day Out” please request a booking here.

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Plan your visit

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

On the day

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your program begins and assembling students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main Museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main Museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road where security will greet you and show you where to go.
  • Note that the Museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.


  • There is an option of pre-ordering our school café lunch which can be eaten in Green Park before or after the excursion. Please click here to see the menu.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat their lunch in the park after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.


  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the Museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.
Complementary programs
Joint Program with the Rule of Law Institute

This joint program with the Rule of Law Institute allows students to delve into both of their core Legal Studies units, Crime and Human Rights, in a full-day program.

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