BTF5130 - International law and policy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation


Dr Alice De Jonge

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2017 (Evening)


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: 50%

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. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. 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.

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