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.
Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.
Not offered in 2019
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%
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.