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 will be provided the opportunity to reflect on substantive values underlying international law and the relationship between international and domestic law will be 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 will be equipped to reflect on domestic and international political events from an international rule of law perspective.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

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


Incompatible subjects LAW2PIL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLola Akin Ojelabi

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,250 word take-home or mid-semester exam40
one 2,250-word essay50
tutorial participationTutorial participation requirements will be provided in the first lecture.10