LAW5414 - Public international law - 2018

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jean Allain

Quota applies

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

Not offered in 2018


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.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study