- Class Number 8078
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online or In Person
- Prof Donald Rothwell
- Prof Donald Rothwell
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
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 treatment by 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:
By the end of the course you should be able to:
• Define, explain, distinguish and apply the basic concepts and terminology of public international law;
• define and distinguish amongst a variety of processes by which international law is formed and the roles played by the most important bodies and institutions involved in the international legal system;
• define and contrast the many aspecys of the international law relating to treaties and the use of force, and identify and debate the relevance of those topics to current events;
• recognise and appraise the interaction between the international legal system and the Australian legal system, and to formulate and appraise the particular focus on the international law of human rights;
• identify, interpret, apply, appraise and intergrate the various theoretical perspectives on the formation and operation of the international legal system;
• explain and demonstrate through particular cases the relevance of international law to current political and social developments at the international and national levels;
• compare and creatively apply a variety of methods of research in the field of international law;
• 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 on a world stage;• Use, interpret and apply a wide range of materials in both on-line and traditional media from international and national sources.
This course is framed around the convenor's longstanding research, writing and commentary on international law, particularly international law and Australian law, the law of the sea, and international polar law
Donald R. Rothwell, Stuart Kaye, Afshin Akhtar-Khavari, Ruth Davis and Imogen Saunders, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives 3rd ed (CUP: 2018)
James Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law, 8th ed., Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2012
Malcolm Evans (ed.), International Law, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014
Donald Rothwell & Emily Crawford (eds.), International Law in Australia, 3rd ed., Lawbook Co., Sydney, 2017
Anthony Aust, Modern Treaty Law and Practice, 3rd ed, CUP: 2013
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, JD Seminars etc
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Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||LLB Lecture: Course Administration (1 hour) + The nature of international law (1 hour) + Sources of international law (1 hour)||Attendance at the Friday LLB lectures for JD students is optional; attendance at the Monday JD seminar and tutorials is highly recommended|
|2||LLB Lecture: Sources of international law (1 hour) + Law of treaties (2 hours)||Attendance at the Friday LLB lectures for JD students is optional; attendance at the Monday JD seminar and tutorials is highly recommended|
|3||LLB Lecture: International law and municipal law (2 hours) JD Seminar 1 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 1 (1 hour)||Attendance at the Friday LLB lectures for JD students is optional; attendance at the Monday JD seminar and tutorials is highly recommended|
|4||LLB Lecture: International legal personality (2 hours) JD Masterclass 1 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 2 (1 hour)|
|5||LLB Lecture: Sovereignty (2 hours) JD Seminar 2 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 3 (1 hour)|
|6||LLB Lecture: Jurisdiction (2 hours) JD Seminar 3 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 4 (1 hour)|
|7||LLB Lecture: State Responsibility (2 hours) JD Seminar 4 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 5 (1 hour)|
|8||LLB Lecture: Human rights (2 hours) JD Seminar 5 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 6 (1 hour)|
|9||LLB Lecture: Law of the sea (2 hours) JD Seminar 6 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 7 (1 hour)|
|10||LLB Lecture: International environmental law (2 hours) Masterclass 2 (1 hour) [will be rescheduled due to the 7 October Labour Day public holiday] JD Tutorial 8 (1 hour)|
|11||LLB Lecture: Use of force (2 hours) Masterclass 3 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 9 (1 hour)|
|12||LLB Lecture: Dispute resolution (2 hours) JD Seminar 7 (1 hour) JD Tutorial 10 (1 hour)|
You must register in a JD tutorial group via WATTLE. Registration will open on 22 July 2019
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Non-redeemable Research Essay||40 %||30/08/2019||16/09/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Open-book problem based examination||60 %||16/11/2019||28/11/2018||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Effective participation in this course requires a commitment of approximately 10 hours each week, comprised of engaging with LLB lectures (in person or via WATTLE), JD Seminars and Masterclasses, tutorials, and reading. Students are expected to prepare for Seminars, Masterclasses and tutorials and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there, especially in the Masterclasses and tutorials.
Please note that date in the assessment summary is indicative only. Students should consult the examinations timetable when it has been finalised for the exact date and time.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Non-redeemable Research Essay
Brief Details: A research essay with no choice of questions.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Non completion of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.
Word limit: 2000 words
Release: 10:00 AM on Friday 26 July via Wattle.
Due date: 11.55PM on Friday 30 August by Turnitin (refer further below regarding Turnitin). Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Monday, 16 September (beginning Week 7) via Turnitin.
- Understanding and discussion of relevant law
- Critical and analytical response to chosen topic
- Structure including logical development of content
- Research of primary legal (treaties and cases) and scholarly secondary sources.
- Referencing and compliance with AGLC.
- Expression and written communication including use of legal terminology, proof-reading, grammar, punctuation and English usage.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Open-book problem based examination
Brief Details: This task will be divided into Part A (with internal choice of 1 of 2 problem-style questions) [40%], and Part B (with an internal choice of 1 of 3 essay-style questions) [20%].
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable Non- submission of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.
Duration: The exam is 120 minutes writing time and 30 minutes reading time, making a total of 150 minutes.
Due date: The exam will be held in the final examination period. Please note that date in the assessment summary is indicative only. Students should consult the examinations timetable when it has been finalised for the exact date and time.
Estimated return date: after final results are released via Services Office.
- Understanding and discussion of relevant law in problem question
- Analytical response to problem question
- Structure including logical development of content.
- Expression and written communication
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Assignments will be returned via the Services Office, ANU College of Law
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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International Law - International Law and Australian Law - Law of the Sea - Polar Law
Prof Donald Rothwell