• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Security Studies, International Security
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Nuclear security is by no means a new concern for the international community. Indeed, since the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, tremendous energies have been expended upon diplomatic efforts to develop an institutionalised framework to regulate the production and use of single and dual-use nuclear materials within states, as well as their spread through the increasingly globalised channels of international trade to other states and non-state actors. This course provides an advanced understanding of how international law and organisations regulate both peaceful and military nuclear activities within and across states, in order to facilitate the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, while limiting the use of nuclear materials for military purposes, and securing fissile materials from theft and diversion to private actors. It will also cover counter-proliferation efforts, up to and including the international use of force, and international legal sources relevant to such efforts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine, investigate and interpret the historical basis for the development of the nuclear non-proliferation regime;
  2. Recognise, distinguish and appraise the relevant international treaties;
  3. Identify and critically analyse the power and function of the International Atomic Energy Agency in implementing relevant treaty obligations and UN Security Council Resolutions to prevent nuclear proliferation;
  4. Research and critically analyse contemporary issues which have arisen in the application and interpretation of international nuclear security law.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Paper (90) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 3 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: Master of Laws (MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); OR Juris Doctor (MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Participants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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