• Class Number 4598
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Esme Shirlow
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 28/07/2022
  • Class End Date 17/09/2022
  • Census Date 12/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course will focus on general international law, seeking to identify, in particular, the impact of the relevant norms on the conduct of international relations and national decision-making in this area.

Subject matter coverage will centre on those parts of general international law that are most essential in equipping candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle more specialised areas on international law: nature, function and sources of international law, relationship between international & domestic law, international agreements, and subjects of international law (including statehood & recognition).

Special emphasis will be put on developing the students' capacity to apply international legal norms in concrete settings, and the course will include problem-solving workshops.

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 the 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, explain and apply the principles of treaty law with respect to treaties and understand its relevance in the context of contemporary issues in public international law;
  4. Recognise and appraise the interaction between the international legal system and the Australian legal system, with a particular focus on the international law of human rights;
  5. Explain and demonstrate through particular cases the relevance of international law to current political and social developments at the international and national levels;
  6. Select and apply a range of approaches in written communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about creative solutions to complex legal problems on a world stage; and
  7. Use, interpret and apply a wide range of materials in both on-line and traditional media from international and national sources.

Required Resources

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

There are a number of standard texts on international law that students may wish to consult for further reading or in the completion of your assessment tasks. They will be placed on reserve in the Law Library, and a list posted on the course wattle site.

The following are good starting-points for electronic research in international law, including: ANU Law Library, International Law and Foreign Law (part of the Weblaw project): http://libguides.anu.edu.au/international_law

- Australian Treaties Library: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/dfat/

- American Society of International Law, Electronic Information System for International Law: http://www.eisil.org/

- Oxford Reports in International Law http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/oril [also available via ANU Law Library]

- United Nations Documentation: Research Guide http://research.un.org/en/docs/

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

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 (1) Nature, System and Actors: Introduction to International Law, including the nature of the international legal system, and the role of States and other actors. (2) Sources of International Law Customary international law, including its formation and identification Treaties, including formation and entry into force, interpretation, and validity General principles of international law Subsidiary sources of international law
2 Day 2 of the course will be a simulation exercise, in which students will work in teams to respond to an evolving factual situation by applying the rules of international law covered on Day 1 of the course.
3 (3) State Responsibility: An examination of the rules relevant to holding States responsible for breaches of international law, including rules on attribution and the consequences of breach (4) Use of Force and International Dispute Resolution: An introduction to the peaceful settlement of international disputes and to dispute resolution mechanisms in international law, including arbitration and judicial settlement
4 Day 4 of the course will be a simulation exercise, in which students will work in teams to respond to an evolving factual situation by applying the rules of international law covered on Day 3 of the course.

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 so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Contribution to Class Discussions 10 % * 19/08/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Reflective and Responsive Forum Contribution 15 % 02/08/2022 09/08/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Analytical Response 1 15 % 04/08/2022 12/08/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Analytical Response 2 15 % 18/08/2022 01/09/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Take-Home Assignment 45 % 29/08/2022 21/09/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* 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

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.


If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 19/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Contribution to Class Discussions

Details of Task: During the online intensive sessions, students will be provided a range of exercises and discussion questions to engage with through Zoom seminars and simulation activities. These exercises will offer an invaluable opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of the course materials and prepare for the course assessments. 

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

Weighting: 10%

Due Date: Your participation will be continuously assessed over the intensive teaching period (28-29 July and 11-12 August).

Estimated Return Date: 19 August 2022


Assessment Criteria: The participation mark will focus on your preparations for class, your contributions to class discussions, and your capacity to communicate your knowledge and understanding of the rules and concepts covered in the course. See below rubric.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 02/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 09/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reflective and Responsive Forum Contribution

Details of Task: On Day 2 of the course, students will work together in teams to use rules of international law to analyse and respond to an evolving international crisis. Following Day 2 of the course, students will be required to post a short (up to 600 words) reflective post on a specially-created Wattle forum in which they reflect on the activities of the day, and to make a short (up to 300 word) post responding to a classmate's reflective post. This assessment is designed to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate what they learned during the day's activities, but also to reflect on how to approach the activities on Day 4 of the course (which will take a similar structure). Students should consider some/all of the following prompts when preparing their reflection: (1) What worked well within your teams? How would you do things differently on Day 4 of the course, and why? (2) How has the day changed your views of international law or your knowledge of the rules covered in the course? (3) What aspects of the day did you find most challenging, and why? How would you address those challenges to better tackle them in the future?

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

Weighting: 15%

Release: 5pm, 29 July 2022

Word Limit: The reflective post should be no longer than 600 words, with the responsive post up to 300 words. No bibliography is required for primary or secondary sources, but brief in-text references are required that are sufficient to identify the source (and the location of quotes, where these are used). References will count towards the word count. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.

Due Date: 5pm, 2 August 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: 9 August 2022


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 and secondary sources
  • Written expression, including use of legal terminology, proof-reading, grammar and punctuation

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 04/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 12/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Analytical Response 1

Details of Task: Students will be able to select one from a series of prompts (similar to those used as the basis for the seminar discussions on Day 1 of the course) in response to which they will be required to write a short (900-word) analytical response. This task will assess students' ability to engage with the readings and other research materials critically and reflectively, and to develop confidence in completing targeted legal research related to the materials covered in the course, providing students with an opportunity to plan and execute legal research and to present their findings in written form.

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

Weighting: 15%

Release: 5pm, 28 July 2022

Word Limit: 900 words, inclusive of footnotes in AGLC/OSCOLA format. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Due Date: 5pm, 4 August 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: 12 August 2022


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 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 18/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Analytical Response 2

Details of Task: Students will be able to select one from a series of prompts (similar to those used as the basis for the seminar discussions on Day 3 of the course) in response to which they will be required to write a short (900-word) analytical response. This task will assess students' ability to engage with the readings and other research materials critically and reflectively, and to develop confidence in completing targeted legal research related to the materials covered in the course, providing students with an opportunity to plan and execute legal research and to present their findings in written form.

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

Weighting: 15%

Release: 5pm, 11 August 2022

Word Limit: 900 words, inclusive of footnotes in AGLC/OSCOLA format. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.

Due Date: 5pm, 18 August 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: 1 September 2022


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 5

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 29/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 21/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Take-Home Assignment

Details of Task: Take-home assignment (one problem-style question)

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

Weighting: 45%

Release: 5pm, 22 August 2022

Word Limit: 2,700 words, inclusive of in-text references. No bibliography is required for primary or secondary sources used in the take-home assignment, but brief in-text references (in brackets) are required that are sufficient to identify the source (and the location of quotes, where these are used). For example: you could refer to: ‘Brownlie’s Principles, p1’, ‘North Sea Continental Shelf, para 71’, ‘Simma and Pulkowski 2006’. If you refer to resources not on the reading list, you may need to provide additional identifying information to make sure that the original source is easily identifiable. References will count towards the word count. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.


Due Date: 5pm, 29 August 2022. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted. Failure to submit the assignment by the due date and time will result in a mark of zero. If you experience unavoidable and extenuating circumstances and cannot attempt the assessment on the due date and time, you should apply for an extension here .The College will give you one further opportunity to complete the assessment, at the same time one week later. This will be your final opportunity to complete the task. If you have accessed the assessment, you will not be approved an extension and will need to complete the assessment by the due date. However you can apply for special consideration for your circumstances to be considered.

Estimated Return Date: 21 September 2022


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 and secondary 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.

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.

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).

Esme Shirlow
esme.shirlow@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Public international law, international dispute settlement, international investment arbitration

Esme Shirlow

By Appointment

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