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Postgraduate | RMI-OJD220-2023

International Law

Appreciate the principles, rules and institutions that enable relations between nation states. Integrate your understanding of treaty based international law, the United Nations Security Council's role and other international courts and tribunals

Study method

100% online


Subject may require attendance

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


14 weeks

Start dates

  • 17 July 2023

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FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion of this subject 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 Subjected 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.
    • Please refer to RMIT University’s Learning Management System - Canvas, for further details.
  • In this subject, 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 subject 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.

  • The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

    • Assessment Task 1 - Linked CLOs: 1,2,5 (10%)
    • Assessment Task 2 - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5 (40%)
    • Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4 (50%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • RMI-LAW-MAS-2023 - Juris Doctor

Prior study

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

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Juris Doctor