This course focuses on the relations between states, international organisations and other legal actors within the public international legal framework. It explores competing notions of sovereignty, and the dilemma of conflict resolution between parties under international law. 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, for example criminal justice, refugees, the law of the sea, 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. A blended learning format will enable active learning and encourage student engagement with topical issues.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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.
The topics in this course include the following:
- Nature of international law
- States and other international legal actors
- Acquisition of territory
- Sources of international law
- International and domestic law
- The law of the sea
- The use of force and the law of self-defence
- State responsibility
- Peaceful settlement of international disputes
- International criminal law
- International human rights law
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4001.
Presentation: In-Seminar Presentation
Quiz: Online quizzes
Written Assignment: Research assignment *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Irrespective of a student's mark in the course, if a student has achieved overall marks greater than 50% in the course but has failed to satisfactorily complete the compulsory course component then a zero mark and fail grade (FF) will be recorded on their transcript
Newcastle City Precinct
Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Blended learning online learning module for one hour equivalent per week for the full term.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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