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
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- 19 Jul 2021
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Upon successful completion of this subject you will be able to:
- 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
- critically evaluate customary and treaty-based international law
- analyse and research complex problems relating to international public law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
- demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to international law and generate appropriate responses
- 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.
- Introduction to International Law including Sources of International Law
- Law of Treaties + International Law in Domestic Courts
- States and other subjects of International Law
- Jurisdiction and Immunities + State Responsibility
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes + Enforcement of International Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Environmental Law
- Law of the Sea
- The UN and the Use of Force
- The Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian law)
- International Criminal Law
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
No special requirements
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.
- online blog post (10%)
- Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
- Research Essay (40%)
Current study term: 18 Jul 21 to 24 Oct 21
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