• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sarah Heathcote
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
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The course is intended to be a follow-up course to LAWS8182 Principles of International Law.  It too will focus on general international law, seeking to identify, in particular, the impact of the relevant norms on the conduct of international relations and national decision-making in this area.

Subject matter coverage will centre on those parts of general international law that are not covered in Principles of International Law, yet are regarded as necessary for a well-rounded knowledge of the subject matter befitting a specialist degree in Public International Law. Some continuing attention will be devoted to further developing the students' capacity to apply international legal norms in concrete settings.

Topics covered in lectures will usually include:

  • territory in international law
  • State responsibility
  • the use of force, including UN enforcement measures
  • jurisdiction and immunities.

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. Describe, explain and evaluate the nature, role and impact of legal considerations in the conduct of international relations;
  2. Distinguish core concepts of international law and appropriately summarise and synthesise their role within the broader international legal framework;
  3. Explain and demonstrate through the critical analysis of particular cases and situations how the law is applied or misapplied in practice;
  4. Understand how the mechanisms governing the generation and modification of international legal norms apply in particular contexts; and
  5. Resolve through the appropriate use of legal principles, practical problems in a structured, succinct and precise manner.

Other Information

It is recommended that students complete LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law immediately after LAWS8182 Principles of International Law, before completing electives.

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. A quiz (40%)
  2. A take home exam (60%).
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 You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed LAWS2264.

Prescribed Texts

No one textbook is closely followed in class and students are encouraged to identify material which suits them and then read widely.

Preliminary Reading

Students who completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law using D.J. Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law, 7th ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2010 will continue to find that casebook useful. The following titles are also recommended (available on closed reserve in the Law Library):
  • J. Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law, 8th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012 – an update of the late Sir Ian Brownlie’s classic text, which has been revised, restructured and updated – and rendered more accessible to non-lawyers;
  • S. Blay, R. Piotrowicz & M. Tsamenyi (eds.), Public International Law: An Australian Perspective, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005 - as the title indicates, focused on Australia; some segments are better than others;
  • M. Evans (ed), International Law, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014;
  • V. Lowe, International Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007 – brief, but very good and an excellent starting point for non-lawyers or those seeking an overview;
  • M. Shaw, International Law, 7th ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014. Comprehensive but long!

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

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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
5499 19 Apr 2018 19 Apr 2018 04 May 2018 15 Jun 2018 In Person N/A

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