Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010
This course focuses on the relations between states, international governmental bodies, communities and individuals within the public international legal framework. It explores competing notions of sovereignty, and whether the traditional dominance of state sovereignty is being diminished in the twenty-first century. Special attention will be paid to the recognition of states and the consequent obligations of states, the law of treaties, and topical issues in international law, particularly criminal justice, refugees, the environment and human rights. Students will gain knowledge of the public international legal framework, and be exposed to a range of controversial debates which reflect the highly politicised nature of international law.
During and at the completion of this course, students will be required to demonstrate the following skills and capacities:
1. A thorough and contextual knowledge of public international law doctrine, principles and the role of legal institutions, in the areas covered during the course.
2. The capacity to identify contentious issues in public international law, and apply legal doctrine to solve problems.
3. A critical perspective on the relationship between public international law and the politics of the international community.
4. A reflective understanding of the significance of notions of justice, sovereignty and rights within the international legal framework.
5. The ability to conduct high-level legal research, exploring primary and secondary materials, and provide critical analysis of problems and questions.
6. The capacity to prepare and present cogent arguments, orally and in writing, and make productive contributions to class debate and discussion.
Week 1: Nature of international law, states and other international legal persons
Week 2: Recognition of states, acquisition of territory, state responsibility for wrongful acts
Week 3: Sources of international law
Week 4: Treaties
Week 5: Treaties and the relationship between international and domestic law
Week 6: Peaceful settlement of international disputes
Week 7: The use of force and the enforcement of international law
Week 8: International humanitarian law
Week 9: International criminal law
Week 10: International law on refugees
Week 11: International human rights law
Week 12: International environmental law
This course is not available to students who has successfully completed LAWS5020.
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4001
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term