• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Hilary Charlesworth
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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International law is largely seen as rule based, stemming from a positivist tradition. The proliferation of rules at the international level has increased the regulatory influence of international law. However, with this increasing presence of international law in the global order, different theories have emerged to explain the international legal system, its actors, processes and values. This course equips students to analyse and situate the debates about the nature of international law, its function and its values through the lens of critical approaches to international law.

The course is presented in three parts. The first focuses on the history and method of international law. It begins by considering international law histories through competing narratives that chart its origins and purposes. Students trace the influence of earlier international law scholars on conceptions of sovereignty and actors in the international order and how these contributions are challenged in contemporary scholarship. This part of the course also explores the relationship between theoretical orientation and method by exploring how international law is studied and the methods deployed to analyse its purported progress, influence and implementation in a variety of settings.

The second part of the course introduces and examines critical theories of international law. Students are introduced to several ‘new stream’ theories of international law, including feminist and third world approaches. Students develop an understanding of dominant positivist accounts by analysing scholarly texts and applying the critiques to modern debates about the application of international law.

The third part of the course critically reflects on how different theories of international law are manifested in practice. Students are asked to consider how theoretical orientation influences method. In particular, we address how theoretical orientation can produce different policy recommendations for the implementation of international law in different arenas. Students are encouraged to consider the nature of international law and the way it is interpreted and applied in different parts of the world. We ask, who are the actors of international law? What role does international law play in the global order?
 

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:

  1. Explain, distinguish and have an advanced knowledge of critical approaches to international law;
  2. Critically reflect on how different theories of international law relate to the practice and implementation of international law;
  3. Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of how different methodologies relate to theories of international law; and
  4. Plan and execute a research project which critically analyses theoretical international law debates.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (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.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. a class presentation based on an assigned reading (10%);
  2. an article review (1500 words) (20%);
  3. a research essay (4500 words) (70%).
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to 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.

Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law and be studying a: 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 completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, and LAWS2250 International Law or LAWS6250 International Law OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) and have completed either LAWS8162 Military Operations Law or LAWS8166 Adv Military Operations Law OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

Participants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1810 08 Mar 2016 08 Mar 2016 18 Mar 2016 22 Apr 2016 In Person N/A

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