• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Imogen Saunders
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define, explain, distinguish and apply the basic concepts and terminology of public international law;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. Identify, interpret, apply, appraise and intergrate the various theoretical perspectives on the formation and operation of the international legal system;
  6. Explain and demonstrate through particular cases the relevance of international law to current political and social developments at the international and national levels;
  7. Compare and creatively apply a variety of methods of research in the field of international law;
  8. 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;
  9. Use, interpret and apply a wide range of materials in both on-line and traditional media from international and national sources.

Other Information

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Compulsory non-redeemable 1800 word essay (20) [LO null]
  2. Collaborative, non-redeemable 5000 word research essay (20) [LO null]
  3. Compulsory, non-redeemable end-of-semester examination (60) [LO null]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed or be currently studying LAWS1205/LAWS6105 Australian Public Law.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Preliminary Reading

A reading guide will be available on the course web page.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5432 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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