law5pil public international law




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the history and principles of the public international legal order. It provides students with an understanding of the foundational concepts of international law, its history and contemporary relevance, sources of international law and the role of some key international institutions such as the United Nations. The subject is grounded in both theory and practice in order to better demonstrate how international law works in dealing with a range of issues such as the creation of states, state responsibility, dispute settlement, self-determination, jurisdiction and immunities, and the use of force under international law. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the position and relevance of international law by addressing past and current developments in the field.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into: LMJD - Juris Doctor LML -Master of Laws LMGBL - Master of Laws in Global Business Law LMCL - Master of Laws in Commercial Law LMLAW - Master of Laws LMLE - Master of Law and Entrepreneurship

Co-requisites N/A

Incompatible subjects LAW3PIL

Equivalent subjects N/A

Special conditions N/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious, will be made available to the student on the LMSRecommendedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the history and principles of public international law.

Class Presentation, Reflective Essays, Take Home Examination

02. Demonstrate advanced skills in applying the principles of public international law to problem-solving within the international system.

Class Presentation, Reflective Essays, Take Home Examination

03. Critically evaluate the operation and application of the principles of public international law in the international system.

Class Presentation, Reflective Essays, Take Home Examination

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2019, Week 01-08, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 05 - 06
Four 7.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 05 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Class Presentation (500 words equivalent)1501, 02
Reflective Exercises (2000 words)3501, 02, 03
Take Home Examination (3500 words)5001, 02, 03