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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe, explain and evaluate the nature, role and impact of legal considerations in the conduct of international relations;
- Distinguish core concepts of international law and appropriately summarise and synthesise their role within the broader international legal framework;
- Explain and demonstrate through the critical analysis of particular cases and situations how the law is applied or misapplied in practice;
- Understand how the mechanisms governing the generation and modification of international legal norms apply in particular contexts; and
- Resolve through the appropriate use of legal principles, practical problems in a structured, succinct and precise manner.
This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component 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.
- Quiz (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Take Home Exam (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsNo one textbook is closely followed in class and students are encouraged to identify material which suits them and then read widely.
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be released on the Programs and Courses approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) is assumed knowledge.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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