• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course probes the relationship between multilateral treaty implementation and economic, social, and institutional development at the domestic level.  Particular attention will be devoted to treaties involving arms control, the environment, human rights, labor, and transnational crime for which economic considerations offer limited motivation for state compliance. 

A central theme of the course is the relation of treaty operationalisation to national development.

Key issues covered in the course include:

  • implications for international treaty law of socio-legal Law and Development research on legal and institutional reform processes, particularly in relation to the question of the endogeneity of those processes
  • practices among multilateral treaties to integrate national treaty implementation strategies with the international development assistance architecture, particularly through national development strategies
  • approaches to “mainstreaming” treaty obligations into national strategies, planning, and budgeting, particularly through the human rights-based approach to development 
  • methodologies for translating treaty obligations into national budgets, examples from the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • practical impediments to implementing varied treaty obligations simultaneously
  • legal standards and practical issues relating to treaty implementation at the subnational level
  • the role of domestic political and legal forces, including mass publics and public interest litigation, in driving treaty implementation
  • the role of private voluntary regulatory schemes and company compliance practices in achieving treaty standards.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the end of the course, students will:


  • understand the full process of national treaty implementation involving a range of multilateral accords
  • gain an understanding of the social, economic, legal, and political factors affecting national treaty implementation
  • analyze the role that implementing treaty obligations plays in processes of legal reform and development
  • be able to advise governments on designing legal, institutional, and development strategies and programs in ways that advance treaty implementation.

Indicative Assessment

The proposed scheme of assessment will be:

  • a reflective reading journal, due shortly after the end of the teaching period.  Students will be required to make a number of short journal entries reflecting on the readings.  They will be required to discuss how what they read makes sense (or otherwise) and how it relates to what they are learning in lectures, in the wider media, and in other contexts (such as their workplace); and
  • a large research assignment, due within two months after the teaching period.  This is designed to test socio-legal analytical skills and research capacity, as developed through the course. The assignment topics will be based on the reading materials, which will be the subject of semi-structured discussions in the classroom.  Students may also determine their own assignment topic after consultation and approval by the course convenor.

Details will be made available in the Means of Assessment approximately 6 weeks before the commencement of the course.

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Intensive delivery over 4 full days.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Prescribed Texts

Reading Materials prepared by the lecturer. Details will be provided in the Course Outline 6 weeks before the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

General development assistance issues.  A knowledge of international law and human rights would be helpful but not essential.


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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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