Faculty of Law

print version

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.





  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Topics include: theory of international law; the place of States in international law, including their rights, obligations, status and jurisdiction; the sources of international law and how they are interpreted and applied; the implementation of international law by states, in particular Australia's approach; the nature of international disputes and their resolution; the law related to the use of force by States and self-defence; the role of international institutions; the role of individuals in international law; and specific areas of public international law, including the law of the sea and environmental law.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Critically examine the fundamental principles of international law; the theoretical framework of international law and its relationship with domestic law; the crucial role of States, international institutions and individuals in the international legal system;
  • Analyse and interpret international law, taking into account the complexities involved in interpreting and applying its sources; and the political context and nature of international law.
  • Compare and contrast some of the different areas of international law; how Australia interprets and applies international law in relation to its own legal framework; the use of force and self-defence in international law; and international dispute resolution;

Communicate effectively, appropriately and persuasively on issues pertaining to International Law;

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development; and

Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism.


Two mandatory assignments: (i) an in-class test in week five of the semester (60 minutes plus reading and noting time): 20% AND a take-home examination (to be handed in during the examination period): 4000 words, 80%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Deborah Whitehall (Semester 1)
Dr Deborah Whitehall (Semester 2)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111
For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:
LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104