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LAW4122 - International law 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Semester Two: Eric Wilson


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Topics include: principles of public international law with particular emphasis on the question of enforcement from the perspective of an aggrieved state or individual; nature and sources of international law; territory; personality; recognition of states and governments; international and municipal law; state jurisdiction; state and diplomatic immunity; state responsibility; the use of force and dispute settlement.


On completion of this subject students should

  1. understand the distinctive nature of international law and some of its basic doctrines and subject areas;
  2. appreciate the increasing impact of international law on Australian domestic law and how national laws generally are being 'globalised';
  3. demonstrate a capacity to conduct research on a specific aspect of public international law;
  4. understand how international law is becoming more concerned with individuals rather than nation states and so can provide solutions to domestic legal problems; and
  5. have acquired an awareness of how a system of law can be based upon political and economic factors and the irrelevance of the law/politics distinction in this context.


Mid-semester test: 50 minutes writing time: 20% AND take-home examination (two weeks writing time): 80%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104