Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In an increasingly interdependent world, international law and international organisation are playing an important part in regulating human activity, both within and between states. In this subject students examine this trend, and its implications for the theory and practice of state sovereignty. The trend is then considered with reference to developments in international law and organisation since 1945. Special attention is directed to the law of the sea, international environmental law, war and international law, international humanitarian law, migration and refugees, and world trade. In each of these areas emphasis is placed on the role of multilateral treaties and institutions, notably the United Nations system, although regional organisations, in particular the European Union, are also considered.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects POL2ILO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at 3rd year level for the International Relations major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational law: classic and contemporary readingsRecommendedKu, C. and Diehl, P.F. (eds)LYNNE RIENNER 1998
ReadingsInternational organizationsRecommendedArcher, C.3RD EDN. ROUTLEDGE 2001
ReadingsUnderstanding international lawRecommendedHenderson, C. W.WILEY-BLACKWELL 2010

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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-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Group exercise (600-words equivalent)15
Weekly online exercises (equivalent to 400 words)10
one 2,000-word research essay50
one take-home examination (eqivalent to 1200 words)25