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:
- 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.
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.
- Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,5,6,8]
- Examination (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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