International Law - 2018

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Unit summary

OJD220

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - online blog post (10%) , Assignment 2 - Research Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 4,440.00

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.
  • Assignment 1 — online blog post (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research Essay (40%)
  • 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

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.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to International Law including Sources of International Law
2Law of Treaties + International Law in Domestic Courts
3States and other subjects of International Law
4Jurisdiction and Immunities + State Responsibility
5Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes + Enforcement of International Law
6International Human Rights Law
7International Environmental Law
8Law of the Sea
9The UN and the Use of Force
10The Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian law)
11International Criminal 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.

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