• 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
  • Course convener
    • Prof Daniel H. Joyner
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2023
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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 the ways in which international law and organisations regulate both peaceful and military applications of nuclear energy within and across states. This includes balancing concerns of nuclear weapons proliferation with facilitation of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It further includes regulation of the nuclear energy industry, and topics including nuclear facilities safety, nuclear materials security, liability for nuclear incidents, and financing of nuclear industry facilities.

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, and civilian nuclear energy law
  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
  4. Research and critically analyse contemporary issues which have arisen in the application and interpretation of international nuclear energy law.
  5. Incorporate and reflect on key aspects of peaceful uses of nuclear-based technologies in the application and interpretation of international nuclear energy law.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Oral Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Research Essay (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250 /LAWS6250 International Law ; or Master of International Law & Diplomacy (MINLD) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law; or Graduate Certificate of Nuclear Technology Regulation (CNTR) 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 appropriate permission.

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

https://www.oecd-nea.org/jcms/pl_65159/principles-and-practice-of-international-nuclear-law

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3527 06 Jun 2023 23 Jun 2023 23 Jun 2023 04 Aug 2023 Online N/A

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