LAW4123 - International organisations - 2017

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.



Not offered in 2017


Topics include: an overview of international organisations and the role they play in the development of international law; the sources of international institutional law; the United Nations, including the General Assembly; the Security Council, peacekeeping operations and human rights; global judicial bodies including the International Court of Justice and War Crimes Tribunals; international economic organisations including the IMF and the World (IBRD); regional organisations particularly APEC; the effectiveness of international organisations including enforcement issues and prospects for reform.


Students who successfully complete the course should have:

  1. acquired an understanding of the development and practice of international organisations and their role in developing international law
  2. an understanding of the roles, structure, functions and practice of international organisations
  3. a general knowledge of regional organisations particularly in the Asia Pacific region and the unexplored links between regional organisations and global governance
  4. examined some particular case studies which evaluate the effectiveness of international organisations and the current issues they face
  5. enhanced their presentational, legal research and legal writing skills.


Individual research assignment (4000 words): 50% + Take-home examination (two weeks - 4000 words): 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. 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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Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104