International Law - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessments (50%) , Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

In this unit, the fundamental principles and elements of international public law are examined. International public law is traditionally distinguished from other forms of international law on the basis that it primarily deals with the legal relations between nation states. Students will develop an appreciation for the general principles, rules and institutions that facilitate orderly intergovernmental relations. How and why international legal obligations are increasingly forming part of Australia’s domestic law and therefore of relevance to the legal practitioner is also discussed. The unit will introduce students to the sources of international legal materials as well as develop research and analytical skills that draws upon judicial interpretation, identification and analysis of customary international law and the important of international treaties and agreements as a source of international legal principles and norms.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues relating to customary international law / treaty based international law and the role, powers and functions of the United Nations Security Council as well as other international courts and tribunals;
  2. critically evaluate customary and treaty-based international law;
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to international public law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to international law and generate appropriate responses;
  5. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues relating to international public law.
  • Assessments (50%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Nature of International Public Law
2Sources of Public International Law (Part 1): Customary International Law and General Principles
3Sources of Public International Law (Part 2): International Treaties and Agreements
4International Legal Personality
5Self-Determination and Recognition
6Jurisdiction and Immunities
7Doctrine of International Responsibility (State Responsibility)
8The Use of Force and the Security Council
9International Criminal Law
10International Human Rights
11International Environmental Law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law

    By:James Crawford

    ISBN: 9780199699698


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