This course is conducted in Geneva in January/February each year.
Due to practical considerations, enrolment will be strictly limited to 20 students from all sources - a limited number of places may go to postgraduate students.
The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a substantive overview of the activities of international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) located in Geneva, focusing on the legal issues arising in their operations or area of concern. Students will spend two weeks in Geneva. Formal academic instruction will be provided in part by the accompanying ANU staff member and in part by staff drawn from local academic institutions, NGOs, etc. In addition, they will take part in coordinated visits to a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations in Geneva, including up to 30 hours of presentations by legal specialists addressing the activities of their organisation.
Topics covered include the law of international organizations, followed by the development and practice of international law through and by international organizations, notably in the areas of: international human rights and related issues; as well as international trade, intellectual property and environmental law. The precise composition of the program will vary to some extent from year to year.
All classes and visits will be conducted in English and knowledge of French is not required.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Investigate and critically evaluate the international law applicable to selected international organisations and non-governmental organisations located in Geneva;
- Examine, contrast and evaluate the interaction between various institutions located in Geneva and their role within the broader international legal system including its institutional framework;
- Investigate and critically evaluate areas of international law dealt with by selected international institutions located in Geneva;
- Synthesise and examine how the international legal principles dealt with by selected international organisations sit within the broader international legal framework;
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence.
An Information event is held around May each year at which point application forms will become available for the following course. Please look out for information on this event by following the ANU College of Law website.
Students must pay for flights and accommodation.
- Class participation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (5,000 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Students will spend two weeks in Geneva. Formal academic instruction will be provided in part by the accompanying ANU staff member and in part by staff drawn from local academic institutions, NGOs, etc. In addition, they will take part in coordinated visits to a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations in Geneva, including up to 30 hours of presentations by legal specialists addressing the activities of their organisation.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
None. Materials will be made available on a thumb drive at the start of the program in Geneva, and further materials may be made available by guest lecturers in the course of the program.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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