Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alice De Jonge


The unit examines the principles of international law governing the legal relations between international states or other international legal persons. To this end a study will be made of the sources of international law and the relationship of international and municipal law. Specifically, the course will outline the principles relating to territory, personality, state responsibility, recognition, jurisdiction, air, space and sea law, dispute settlement and the law of treaties.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define and describe the distinctive nature of international law and some of its basic doctrines and subject areas
  2. identify the sources of international law, and explain the principles which govern the use of those sources
  3. describe the structures and institutions of international law, and be able to use the vocabulary of international law
  4. analyse the increasing impact of international law on Australian domestic law, as well as on the domestic legal systems of other states
  5. demonstrate a capacity to conduct research on, and to critically analyse, a specific aspect of public international law


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (take-home): 50%

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Contact hours

3 hours per week