• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • David Letts
    • Dr Hitoshi Nasu
    • Robert McLaughlin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
    Spring Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

In 2014 there will be two special topics offered under this course code:

Autumn 2014: Post Conflict Situations and International Law

Spring 2014: Maritime Security Law

Post Conflict Situations and International Law:

While there are established courses and literature on jus ad bellum (International Law and the Use of Force) and jus in bello (International Humanitarian Law), the idea and content of a jus post bellum has only in recent years become the subject of practical significance and intense debate.

This course is designed to provide students with the basic concept and theory of human security as a critical perspective to the legal debates concerning peace-building and contentious issues to be addressed in practice.

By inviting Professor Yasunobu Sato from the University of Tokyo, this special elective course will have a particular focus on the 'law and development' aspect of peace-building and discuss Asian perspectives in the context of regional case studies.

Maritime Security Law

Maritime security is one of the longest standing distinctive areas of international law dealing with international security issues due to the historic importance of the law on piracy.

With the development of the international law of the sea, coastal state maritime security has gained in prominence as an array of maritime zones have been proclaimed and new sovereign rights and jurisdiction asserted over maritime areas.

With the development of the United Nations Charter in 1945 there has been an ever increasing maritime security dimension to the concerns and response of the Security Council, especially when acting under Chapter VII. This has especially been reflected in numerous Security Council Resolutions mandating naval operations, and more generally military operations to maintain international peace and security. UN-mandated naval operations were especially significant in the sanctions regime imposed against Iraq (1990-2003) during which time extensive state practice developed in this field. Since then the Security Council has also mandated member states to conduct military operations at sea to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, and piracy.

Some of the recent developments that have taken place in response to piracy off the coast of Somalia have been the most significant in the past century. These events have shone the spotlight back on maritime security and have emphasised the importance of this distinctive branch of international law.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Post Conflict Situations in International Law

Through this course, students will develop an advanced specialised knowledge of international law as applicable to post-conflict situations. To that end, a participant who has successfully completed this course will:

1)   Have a sound understanding of the various legal frameworks that govern post-conflict situations;

2)   Demonstrate cognitive skills to critically analyse the recent developments inCambodia, Kosovo, East Timor, Afghanistan,Iraq, and other post-conflict situations;

3)   Understand and critically reflect on theoretical foundations, concepts, and challenges relevant to post-conflict governance;

4)   Be able to undertake an in-depth examination of international law issues arising in the context of post-conflict governance;

5)   Plan and execute a substantial research-based project with adequate methodology, creativity and initiative to address new and emerging legal issues in the context of post-conflict governance.  

 Maritime Security Law

At the end of the course students will:

  1. have specialised knowledge and skills, especially with respect to research in the area of international security law and maritime security in particular;
  2. have an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in the area of the law of maritime security;
  3. be able to analyse critically, reflect upon and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories as they apply in the area of maritime security;
  4. be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the means of assessment available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) AND LAWS8182. OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses including either LAWS2250 or LAWS6250.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for these courses.

A list of core and recommended readings will be provided on the course Wattle site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Preliminary Reading

A course outline will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4683 19 May 2014 19 May 2014 30 May 2014 24 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Maritime Security
8653 12 Nov 2014 12 Nov 2014 21 Nov 2014 27 Dec 2014 In Person N/A

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