• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2017
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Ethno-political conflicts are, of course, a permanent feature of history, but the end of the Cold War has exacerbated this problem, bringing about new secessionist aspirations and conflicts, as well as reviving dormant civil wars. Those conflicts, which are all too often disruptive of international peace and security, raise serious difficulties for international law.

The objective of this course will be to provide a detailed analysis of the international norms applicable in this field (including, but not limited to, self-determination, secession, State succession and recognition); to enquire whether international law can provide satisfactory remedies for those conflicts; and to ask what are, if any, the legal gaps in this field.

Beyond its theoretical framework this course will adopt a “practical” approach by examining a large number of case studies, including current events in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Sudan, Palestine and other places. This will permit participants to learn more about the roots and the outcomes of some important ethno-political conflicts around the world and to find out how international organisations deal with these crises, and the effectiveness of the different strategies used for diffusing violent situations and resolving ethno-political conflicts. At the conclusion of this course students will have a sound knowledge of the legal principles and rules applicable in this field and will have a better understanding of how international lawyers and other actors ought to approach an impending or ongoing ethnic conflict from a legal point of view.

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. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how international law regulates ethno-political conflicts, both in theory and in practice;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on the origins and the outcomes of some important ethno-political conflicts around the world;
  3. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of all the legal principles and rules applicable in this field and the ability to apply and/or explain how these principles sit within the broader international legal framework;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to engage in complex analysis of the international law relative to ethno-political conflicts; and
  5. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to critically evaluate how international organisations deal with those crises, and the effectiveness of the different strategies used for diffusing violent situations and resolving ethno-political conflicts.

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 for this course will likely consist of:
  1. Class Participation (10%) and
  2. Research Essay (90%, 6,000 words).    
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.

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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. 

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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

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is

  • James CRAWFORD, The Creation of States in International Law, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2007. (Although this book is not a “textbook” and it does not cover all the subjects analysed in this course, it is one of the classic monographs of international law and will permit students to understand the basic rules governing secession and the creation of States).

Preliminary Reading

  • T. CHRISTAKIS, “Secession” in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com) (This article reviews the literature published within the field, combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. Features include intuitive linking and discoverability tools to quickly guide researchers out to the content cited. You will find all necessary readings for this course presented here).
  • M. KOHEN, (edit.), Secession: A Contemporary International Law Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • J. DUGARD,The Secession of States and Their Recognition in the Wake of Kosovo, BRILL, 2013
  • C. WALTER (&al.), (edit.), Self-determination and secession in International Law, OUP, 2014
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.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Students taking this course are expected to have a good knowledge of general international law. Prior completion of LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law would be an advantage. Prior completion of LAWS8182 Principles of International Law is required.

    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
    2017 $3420
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4878
    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.

    Autumn Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    5758 02 May 2017 02 May 2017 12 May 2017 16 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

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