• Class Number 5147
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Imogen Saunders
    • AsPr Matthew Zagor
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise and apply the fundamental legal principles and theories of public international law to respond to an international law problem or issue.
  2. Examine the processes by which international law is formed, including the relationship between the major bodies and institutions involved in the international legal system.
  3. Critically analyse international law, including the law relating to treaties.
  4. Select and apply a range of legally specific research principles, methods, primary and secondary sources, to the analysis of international law problems.
  5. Relate international law to current political and social developments at the international and national levels, incorporating a diverse range of perspectives.
  6. Communicate the principles and application of international law to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences in a range of oral and written formats.

Research-Led Teaching

Imogen researches in public international law including sources of international law, international dispute settlement, international trade law and the application of international law to new areas. Her research informs her teaching into this course.

Required Resources

A reading list and electronic resources will be provided through the Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments, in lectures and tutorials
  • feedback to whole class, tutorial groups, and individuals

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

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 any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Course and to International Law Lectures will be pre-recorded and uploaded to Wattle for access from the time/date on which they are scheduled in the timetable. There will be a 1-hour tutorial each week.
2 Subjects and Actors in International Law
3 Sources of International Law
4 The Law of Treaties
5 The Law of State Responsibility NB the weekly tutorial this week will not take place. Instead, students will be required to attend a Library Tutorial (and complete a Quiz) - see details in assessment below.
6 The Law of Use of Force & Collective Security
7 International Law & Domestic Law
8 The Law of Jurisdiction
9 The Law of Immunities
10 International Human Rights Law / International Refugee Law
11 The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
12 Revision and Reflection

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities/tutorials/seminars so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage(https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling ).

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Law Library Tutorial 0 % 22/09/2023 22/09/2023 1,2,8
Analytical Reflections 45 % 12/09/2023 13/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Open-book Problem-based Examination 55 % * 30/11/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

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


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.


Effective participation in this course requires a commitment of approximately 10 hours each week, comprised of attending lectures, tutorials, and reading. Students are expected to prepare for both lectures and tutorials and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there, especially in the tutorials.

For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.


Examinations are held during the University's examination period. Students should consult the exam timetable when it has been finalised.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 22/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,8

Law Library Tutorial

Details of Task: Tutorials will offer an invaluable opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of international law, and prepare for the course assessments. Tutorial participation will focus on learning objectives, with an emphasis on your capacity to communicate orally your knowledge and understanding of the rules and concepts of international law covered in the course. Your participation in tutorials will be of benefit for Assessment Tasks 2 and 3, and will also provide the opportunity for you to receive feedback on your understanding of the course material. A Law Library Information Session will be delivered to students in place of the tutorial in Week 5. The Session will be followed by a quiz to test your understanding of the material covered in the Session. You will be able to access the quiz after your library session.

Nature of Task: To avoid receiving a penalty, you are required to attend the library tutorial and complete the library quiz. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.

Weighting: No weighting, but a 5% penalty if the library tutorial is not attended and the quiz not completed.

Release: 5pm, Friday 25 August 2023.

Due Date: 5pm, Friday 22nd September 2023

Assessment Task 2

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 12/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 13/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Analytical Reflections

Details of Task: This task will comprise two prompts to which students will be required to develop short (900-word) analytical responses. This task will assess students' ability to engage with the readings critically and reflectively, and to develop confidence in engaging intellectually with the materials and discussions about the materials covered in the course. It will assess students' ability to formulate and defend an argument that addresses core issues related to international law. It will provide students with an opportunity to plan and execute legal research and to present their findings in written form.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Non completion of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.

Release Date: 17 August 2023

Due Date: 5:00pm (AEST) Tuesday 12 September 2023 via Wattle. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.

Estimated Return Date: 3 weeks after submission (13 October 2023)

Weighting: 45%

Word Limit: 1,800 words (Students will be given two prompts, with each response to be no more than 900 words in length, in AGLC format)

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding of relevant law and legal policy
  • Critical and analytical response to the topic
  • Structure and organisation of ideas
  • References to, and engagement with, relevant primary legal and secondary scholarly sources
  • Written expression, including use of legal terminology, proof-reading, grammar, and punctuation

Assessment Task 3

Value: 55 %
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Open-book Problem-based Examination

Details of Task: The examination will comprise a hypothetical style problem that will test your knowledge of the course topics. You will be required to write a response to this problem scenario. All material covered in lectures and tutorials may be covered in the examination. 

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Non-submission of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.

Weighting: 55%

Timing: Students should consult the ANU Examination Timetable closer to the examination period to confirm the final date, time and duration of the examination.

NB: If you experience extenuating circumstances and are unable to sit the examination at its scheduled time and date, you should submit an Extenuating Circumstances Application (ECA), via ISIS, within five working days of the original date of the examination. Your application will be processed by the Examinations Office. If it is approved, they will notify you, via email, of the details of your deferred examination which will be held during the first week of the following semester.

Permitted Materials: This will be communicated to you closer to the time of the exam.

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

Assessment Criteria:

  • Understanding of relevant law and legal policy
  • Critical and analytical response to the topic
  • Structure and organisation of ideas
  • References to, and engagement with, relevant primary legal and secondary scholarly sources
  • Written expression, including use of legal terminology, proof-reading, grammar, and punctuation

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 in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). Electronic copies in .pdf file format are not acceptable.

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 granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.

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.

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.

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).

AsPr Imogen Saunders

Research Interests

Imogen researches into public international law, including the application of international law to new spaces. She has written on sources of international law, territory and artificial islands, paradoxes in international law and international trade law.

AsPr Imogen Saunders

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AsPr Matthew Zagor

Research Interests

AsPr Matthew Zagor


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