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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points of LAW level 1 subjects and 60 credit points of LAW level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsLAW2PIL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Principles of International Law

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorStephen Hall, Most current





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

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.
02. Critically evaluate the operation and application of customary and treaty-based public international law principles in contemporary world events.
03. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the application of public international law principles to problems arising within the international system.
04. Undertake international legal research and analysis for the purposes of composing clear and coherent written advisory opinion on international law issues.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLola Akin Ojelabi

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 32 - 43
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Will commence in week 2


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% 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%.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One take-home examination (2000 words)Online Submission

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Essay (2000 words)Online Submission

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4