Nuclear security is by no means a new concern for the international community. Indeed, since the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, tremendous energies have been expended upon diplomatic efforts to develop an institutionalised framework to regulate the production and use of single and dual-use nuclear materials within states, as well as their spread through the increasingly globalised channels of international trade to other states and non-state actors. This course provides an advanced understanding of how international law and organisations regulate both peaceful and military nuclear activities within and across states, in order to facilitate the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, while limiting the use of nuclear materials for military purposes, and securing fissile materials from theft and diversion to private actors. It will also cover counter-proliferation efforts, up to and including the international use of force, and international legal sources relevant to such efforts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Examine, investigate and interpret the historical basis for the development of the nuclear non-proliferation regime;
- Recognise, distinguish and appraise the relevant international treaties;
- Identify and critically analyse the power and function of the International Atomic Energy Agency in implementing relevant treaty obligations and UN Security Council Resolutions to prevent nuclear proliferation;
- Research and critically analyse contemporary issues which have arisen in the application and interpretation of international nuclear security law.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research Paper (90) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeParticipants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.
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