International Law and Organisations
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Critically analyse and report on the international political and security environment, with a sophisticated understanding of the roles, inter-relationship and function of international law and international organisations.
- Develop complex and coherent arguments and analyses of the means by which international law is developed, implemented and challenged in the context of international organisations in a nuanced and critically engaged manner.
- Participate meaningfully in discussions and debates on issues of contemporary policy relevance, and provide recommendations on policy directions.
- Research critically on international law, international organisations and international relations.
- • Nature and sources of international law.
- • Functions and types of international organisations.
- • Negotiating international law.
- • International organisations and conflict resolution.
- • Regional organisations and alternative approaches to international law.
- • Laws of the sea and environment.
- • International law and public health.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed POL3ILO (International Law and International Organisation) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 15 credit points of Level one Politics subjects, and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subjects.
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In an increasingly interdependent world, international law and international organisations are playing an important part in regulating human activity, both within and between states. In this subject you will examine this trend, and its implications for the theory and practice of state sovereignty and international relations in a rapidly changing world. The trend is then considered with reference to developments in international law and organisations since 1945. Special attention is directed to the role of international organisations in conflict resolution, the laws of war, humanitarian law, international environmental law and the law of the sea, international health regulations, and refugee law. How effective is international law at regulating state and human behaviour? What role do international organisations play in the development and enforcement of international laws and norms? And how could international law and organisations more effectively regulate the excesses of sovereign states?
- Weekly online blog discussions (equivalent to 1000 words) (20%)
- One 2000-word research report (50%)
- One 1200-word essay (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.