• Class Number 7055
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online or In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Prof Donald Rothwell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

The International Law Clinical Program gives students interested in International Law an experience of the practical application of International Law.

The International Law Clinical Program applies students' knowledge of international law and drafting and research skills to contemporary international law projects. 

The main focus of the Clinical Program is responding to projects initiated by the Convenor and students working collaboratively. 

The Clinical Program aims to project the knowledge and skills of the ANU College of Law generally and in International Law in particular, and to enhance appreciation of International Law among influential Australian Government and NGO communities.


Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to Law Professional Experience for application information. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critical analysis of international law concepts through their application to domestic policy objectives.
  2. Develop research and drafting skills, demonstrate to external audiences specific skills of research and drafting required for non-academic work, and compare and contrast those skills with the skills required for academic work.
  3. Apply an advanced ability to work collaboratively, and develop interpersonal skills and self-awareness of students' own cognitive abilities and values.
  4. Reflect on learning experiences gained through project work to support the delivery of successful project outcomes.
  5. Evaluate the practical demands of policy-making outside the academic context, with regard to future personal aspirations.
  6. Communicate the practical relevance of international law to a variety of audiences.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will be framed around the international law research expertise and particular research interests of the course convenor. In addition to focusing on general international law in a clinical setting, other areas of international law that will be considered include the relationship between international law and Australian law, the law of the sea, international law in the polar regions, and international law and islands.

Required Resources

There is no prescribed course text book.

Rothwell, Kaye, Akhtar-Khavari, Davis and Saunders, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives (3rd, 2018)

Rothwell and Crawford (eds), International Law in Australia (3rd, 2017)

Crawford, Brownlie's principles of public international law (9th, 2019)


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction + Discussion of Clinic Projects Commencement of Clinic Reflections
2 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Practitioner Presentations Ongoing Clinic Reflections
3 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Practitioner Presentations Ongoing Clinic Reflections
4 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Practitioner Presentations Ongoing Clinic Reflections
5 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Practitioner Presentations Ongoing Clinic Reflections
6 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Clinic Project Presentations Task 1: Draft Clinic Project Outline + Task 4 Draft Clinic Project Presentation
7 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Team Project Development Ongoing Clinic Reflections
8 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Team Project Development Ongoing Clinic Reflections
9 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Team Project Development Ongoing Clinic Reflections
10 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Team Project Development Ongoing Clinic Reflections
11 Discussion of Clinical Projects + Team Project Development Ongoing Clinic Reflections
12 Review of Clinical Tasks + Clinic Achievements + Future Clinic Projects Task 2: Clinic Reflections Journal

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Draft Clinic Project Presentation 0 % 31/08/2022 31/08/2022 1,2
Draft Clinic Project Outline 20 % 02/09/2022 13/09/2022 1,2
Clinic Reflections Journal 10 % 28/10/2022 03/11/2022 4
Clinic Project 70 % 03/11/2022 * 1,2,3,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Participation

Students are expected to attend all scheduled weekly clinic during Weeks 1-12 classes.


Student must abide by the Student Expectations and Clinic Requirements.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 31/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Draft Clinic Project Presentation

Details of Task: Students are to either individually or with a partner student give a presentation on their clinic project by way of a mid-course update giving details on the nature of the project, why the project was selected, research strategies, and the project direction for Weeks 7-12. It is designed to give you formative feedback as you prepare your draft clinic project outline.

Nature of Task: Compulsory.

Weighting: 0%

Word Limit: N/A

Duration: 10 minutes

Release: Week 1

Due Date: In class in Week 6, Wednesday 31 August 2022. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.

Estimated Return Date: Feedback provided in class

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 02/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 13/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Draft Clinic Project Outline

Details of Task: Students are to complete a Draft Clinic Project Outline which will provide details on the clinic project that has been selected, how the project is being investigated, and the research/advocacy projection anticipated for the project.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 20%

Word Limit: 1000 words. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Duration: Weeks 1-6

Release: Week 1

Due date: 5pm, Friday 2 September 2022 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated return date: 13 September 2022

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding and discussion of relevant law
  • Selection of relevant issues
  • Analysis of relevant facts
  • Persuasiveness of arguments
  • Creative and originality of approach

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 03/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Clinic Reflections Journal

Details of Task: Students are to prepare a journal that reflects on their experience throughout the clinic and their learning about international law in the clinical setting.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 10%

Word Limit: 600 words. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Duration: Weeks 1- 12

Release: Week 1

Due date: 5pm, Friday 28 October 2022 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated return date: 3 November 2022

Assessment Criteria:

  • Selects relevant issues
  • Analysis of relevant facts
  • Critical and analytical evaluation of material

Assessment Task 4

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 03/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6

Clinic Project

Details of Task: The Clinic Project will comprise a written form of assessment based on the project chosen by the student and developed individually or in partnership with another student. The Clinic Project could take the final form of either:1) a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry; 2) a legal memorandum/advice on a legal problem/issue area; 3) a legal advocacy brief for action on a particular issue area; 4) draft pleadings before an International Court or Tribunal; 5) a research brief exploring legal options in a contentious area of international law.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 70%

Word Limit: 4,000 words (or 8,000 words if working with another student) Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Duration: Weeks 1 - 12

Release: Week 1

Due Date: 5pm, Thursday 3 November 2022 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: Official end of semester results release date.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding and discussion of relevant law
  • Analysis of relevant facts
  • Persuasiveness of arguments
  • Formulation of strong and clear conclusion(s) and advice about outcomes
  • Cognitive and originality of approach
  • Effective use of headings
  • Research of primary legal (case law and legislation) and scholarly secondary sources
  • Referencing and compliance with AGLC
  • Expression and written communication
  • Contribution to shared student learning [if a collaborative project is undertaken]

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.


The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.


The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.

 

The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
  • Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in class, or electronically.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not permissible after the due date, or an adjusted date following an authorised extension

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Donald Rothwell
+61 2 6125 8948
Donald.Rothwell@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


International Law, especially International Polar Law, Law of the Sea, International Law of Islands, and International Law in Australia

Prof Donald Rothwell

By Appointment

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