• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws

This course provides a critical overview of international health law within the context of the development of contemporary international law as well as the structures and features of global health governance. The course will focus on the following issues underlying international health law and that will provide opportunities for critical analysis and a fresh approach to the subject:

(1) Definition, scope and functions of international health law;
(2) The role of WHO as the main institutional actor in health governance, and its normative role;
(3) Interactions of public health concerns with international instruments and regimes such as those regulating international trade and investments, human rights, international security and environmental protection;
(4) The main features and actors of "global health governance" and their role in the development of international health law; and
(5) A critical assessment of the adequacy of international health law for the protection and promotion of public health and prospects for their development and reform.
Add: This course will be taught by Prof Gian Luca Burci who has served in the Legal Office of the World Health Organization since 1998 and was appointed Legal Counsel in 2005. He previously served as Legal Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and in the United Nations Secretariat in New York for nearly a decade.

Learning Outcomes

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

Following completion of this course, students will have:
1. A demonstrated understanding of how international law regulates health, both in theory and in practice;
2. An ability to reflect critically on global health issues and to consider how international organisations deal with health, including the effectiveness of strategies used to address global health issues.;
3. An advanced understanding of the relationship between international health law and various other bodies of international law and an ability to apply and/or explain how these principles sit within the broader international legal framework;
4. An ability to think critically about international health law and to engage in complex analysis of the international law bearing on health.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8182.


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

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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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6694 04 Jul 2016 04 Jul 2016 15 Jul 2016 18 Aug 2016 In Person N/A

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