International Security Law focuses primarily on collective security measures involving both military and non-military activities against both traditional and non-traditional security threats.
The course will introduce students to the conceptual, normative and institutional framework governing international security law. It will move on to two major components of collective security measures - peacekeeping and peace enforcement - in which recent operational and doctrinal developments such as civilian protection and the notion of "responsibility to protect" will also be discussed.
The reinvigoration of the UN Security Council's authority and its expanded conception of security since the end of the Cold War have significantly increased an understanding of the legal basis, nature and limits of collective security measures. During the course, students will be given opportunities to familiarise themselves with contemporary examples of how international law in different areas regulates the way in which security measures are adopted and undertaken in response to existing and emerging threats.
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:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of international law as it applies to international and regional security issues;
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the normative and institutional frameworks characterising international security law and rules governing the operations for the purpose of maintaining or restoring international peace and security;
- Explain and critically analyse the operation of the relevant provisions of the United Nations Charter and other international legal instruments dealing with various international or regional security issues; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship on a specific aspect of international law issues arising from different international security concerns within the normative and institutional frameworks.
Other InformationThis 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 AssessmentAssessment is likely to consist of:
- Take-Home Examination (30%)
- Research Paper (70%, 5,000 words).
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Workload26 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
Preliminary ReadingThe following introductory textbook is recommended for preliminary reading:
- Nigel D White, Advanced Introduction to International Security Law (Edward Elger, 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.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5619||24 Mar 2017||24 Mar 2017||07 Apr 2017||09 May 2017||In Person||N/A|