Faculty of Law

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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

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


City (Melbourne)

  • Second semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


Topics addressed include:

  • theories, history, politics and practice of public international law;
  • the sources of public international law;
  • the relationship between international and national law;
  • the role of the different subjects of public international law;
  • the system of Statehood and territorial sovereignty;
  • jurisdiction, privileges and immunity in public international law;
  • the responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts;
  • the use of force by States and self-defence;
  • international dispute resolution and the pacific settlement of disputes;
  • key areas of the practice of public international law, and
  • some of the challenges and future developments in public international law.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to public international law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to public international law;
  • Conduct research in public international law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to issues in public international law.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

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