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 offers a significant foundational framework for the study of: Advanced 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.
- There are three pieces of assessment: (null) [LO null]
- - Compulsory non-redeemable 1800 word essay (20%) (20) [LO null]
- - Collaborative, non-redeemable 5000 word research essay (20%) (20) [LO null]
- - Compulsory, non-redeemable end-of-semester examination (60%) (1.5 hours writing, 30 mins reading) (60) [LO null]
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