• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

In 2014 this special topic will be "International Child Law"

Over the past ten years the concept of children’s rights has received a greater amount of attention in legal discourse.  Internationally, investigations into child labour, child sexual exploitation and child abductions appear to be increasing at an exponential rate. 

In many nations of the Western world, reports of prostituted juveniles, young offenders accused of violent crimes and harms related to the new technologies have impacted on communities.  In the South and in many countries in transition, the incidents of child soldiers, child sex tourism and trafficking of young people seem continuously to be highlighted in the media.  Jurisprudence developing from the decisions of domestic courts, administrative tribunals and within international foray has provided insights into policy issues while at the same time offering contradictory messages on the legal responsibility and status of children. 

Because of this, there is a need to better understand the current status of the law and what role can be played – as lawyers, advocates or simply as concerned members of civil society – in ensuring that the rights of all citizens are respected, regardless of their age. 

It has been said that the phrase "children’s rights" is a slogan in search of a definition.  This course will attempt to find its meaning by surveying the history and legal development of children’s rights internationally, while offering a pragmatic approach to its application.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should have:

  • A mastery of theoretical knowledge associated with the Law of the Sea and able to critically reflect on scholarship in the field;
  • Cognitive, and technical skills and able to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information problems, concepts and theories associated with the law of the sea;
  • Cognitive, and technical skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level;
  • Communication and technical research skills in the law of the sea

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

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Students are expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week prior to the commencement of the course for seminar preparation and after the course in order to complete assignments.


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 have completed LAWS8182; OR You must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses and have completed LAWS2250 or LAWS6250.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is Donald R. Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart, Oxford: 2010).

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS8253 Law of the Sea


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 $1554
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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Ethno-Political Conflicts and International Law
1595 01 Dec 2015 01 Dec 2015 11 Dec 2015 15 Jan 2016 In Person N/A

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