• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Bouwhuis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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This course examines the practice of international law in the Australian Government.  Attention will be given to the government structures through which advice is provided and how advice is generated.  The course includes a focus on the practice of international negotiation, the conduct of international litigation and the process through which the Australian Parliament considers treaties. 
 
The course will also examine more theoretical aspects of government practice such as the role of the legal adviser to government and ethical issued involved in the provision of legal advice to government.
 
The course is taught by two highly experienced government practitioners, with more than 50 years of practical experience between them.  Lectures are supplemented by guest presentations by other senior public servants.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of how international legal advice is provided to the Australian Government;
  2. Debate how best to structure the provision of international legal advice to the Australian Government;
  3. Apply their understanding of how to negotiate and draft an international treaty through a simulated negotiation exercise;
  4. Debate what sort of process for scrutinising and approving treaties would best serve the Australian people;
  5. Debate whether the current attribution of immunities to diplomats is warranted;
  6. Outline what important steps are involved in international litigation;
  7. Debate the ethical issues arising in the provision of international legal advice;
  8. Hypothesise about how international law will likely be applied to international legal problems in the future; and
  9. Plan and execute legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class contributions (10) [LO null]
  2. Negotiation exercise (45) [LO null]
  3. Research Paper (3,000 words) (45) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

Semester 1 Class Summary information (available under the Classes tab) on this publication is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and students should have been advised by the offering College. Find out more information on the University's response to COVID-19 here.

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Workload

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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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), 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 Legal Practice (MLEGP) Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text.

Preliminary Reading

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.


An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9597 05 Oct 2020 05 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020 27 Nov 2020 Online N/A

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