This course deals with the body of law known as International Law or sometimes ‘Public International Law', as distinct from ‘Private International Law'. The field of International Law deals with many aspects of the functioning of the international community (including the relations of States with each other and with international organisations); it also affects many activities that occur within or across State boundaries (including the treatment by States of their citizens, environmental law, military operations, and many other areas). The impact of international law on the Australian legal system and the globalised nature of many governmental, judicial and social activities means that a basic knowledge of the terminology, institutions, and substance of international law is not only worthwhile acquiring in its own right, but is also a necessary part of the knowledge and skills of any law graduate.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:The primary objectives of this course are to:
- Introduce you to the basic concepts and terminology of public international law;
- Provide you with an overview of the processes by which international law is formed and the most important bodies and institutions involved in the international legal system;
- Introduce you to the international law relating to treaties;
- Introduce you to the interaction between the international legal system and the Australian legal system;
- Introduce you to various theoretical perspectives on the formation and operation of the international legal system;
- Show the relevance of international law to current political and social developments at the international and national levels;
- Introduce you to the major specialised bodies of international law; and
- Provide you with an introduction to sources and methods of research in the field of international law.
Intended learning outcomes
By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, distinguish and apply the fundamental concepts and terminology of public international law covered in the course;
- Select and apply a range of legally specific research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex public international law problem;
- Select and apply a range of approaches in oral and written communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about creative solutions to complex legal problems; and
- Plan and conduct a legal research project with intellectual independence, including learning about and using legal databases, accessing, understanding and using primary and secondary legal resources and complying with the applicable legal citation conventions, on an aspect of public international law.
This course offers a significant foundational framework for the study of: Advanced International Law, International Criminal Law, Law of the Sea, International Dispute Resolution, International Environmental Law, International Human Rights Law, International Trade Law, and any other specialised international law unit, and provides the substantial grounding needed for participation in the Jessup Moot LAWS3010.
It is anticipated that this course will be assessed by a compulsory end of semester exam and some form of mid-semester assessment. Details of the final assessment, including the relationship between assessment and the learning outcomes for the course, will be provided on the course home page by the first week of semester.
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There will be three contact hours per week (made up of lectures and some tutorials). Students will generally need to devote 10 hours on average per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Information about prescribed texts will be made available in the course outline. See the course home page.
The preliminary reading required for this course will be available from the course home page at least one week prior to the commencement of the course.
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