PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

LAW3PIL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to concepts and doctrines of Public International Law. Public International Law is about rules that govern relationships within the international community including between States, States and other subjects of international law, and to a limited extent between States and citizens of States. Students are provided the opportunity to reflect on substantive values underlying international law and the relationship between international and domestic law is considered with a focus on enforceability of international obligations. Topics covered include sources of international law, the creation and recognition of states, state responsibility, state jurisdiction and immunity, international dispute resolution and the use of force under international law. Students are equipped to reflect on domestic and international political events from an international rule of law perspective.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLola Akin Ojelabi

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM or POL1SNS; Must be admitted to a Bachelor of Laws undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Laws double degree or LVLGE offered by the School of Law or Bachelor of International Relations.

Co-requisites N/A

Incompatible subjects LAW2PIL

Equivalent subjects N/A

Special conditions Enrolment in this subject is by application. Preference is given to students in their penultimate or final year.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Discipline SpecificPrinciples of International LawPrescribedStephen Hall, Most currentLexisNexis

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate basic understanding of public international law principles that regulate the behaviour of States within the international system and the role of States and the United Nations in their development and enforcement.

Activities:
1. Participating in class activities 2. Engaging with teaching materials 3. Completing assessment tasks 4. Undertaking prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Critically evaluate the operation and application of customary and treaty-based public international law principles in contemporary world events.

Activities:
1. Participating in class activities 2. Engaging with teaching materials 3. Completing assessment tasks 4. Undertaking prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the application of public international law principles to problems arising within the international system.

Activities:
1. Participating in class activities 2. Engaging with teaching materials 3. Completing assessment tasks 4. Undertaking prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Undertake international legal research and analysis for the purposes of composing clear and coherent written advisory opinion on international law issues.

Activities:
1. Participating in class activities 2. Engaging with teaching materials 3. Completing assessment tasks 4. Undertaking prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information To ensure only 3rd year students take this subject no online enrolment

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLola Akin Ojelabi

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Will commence in week 2"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Participation in class discussions and submission of written work. (4 x 250 words)Discussion tasks for each topic are included in the Reading Guide and also set out on LMS. Students are required to participate in class discussions on each task and to submit written answers on specified tasks online. Participation in class discussion and submission of written work on 4 tasks each worth 5%.20 01, 02, 03, 04
One take-home examination (2000 words)Online Submission40 01, 02, 03, 04
Essay (2000 words)Online Submission 40 01, 02, 03, 04