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 LAW5PMI OR LAW5LRE OR Permission from the Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

in class discussions, preparation for and participation in Security Council simulation, reflective essays, final assignment

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

in-class problem-solving exercises, preparation for and participation in Security Council simulation, final assignment

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

in-class discussions, reflective essays, final assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2020, Summer 3, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 06 - 07
Four 7.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class Presentation (500 words equivalent)The class presentation will be made as part of the Security Council simulation on the final day of the class. Further details will be provided on the LMS15 01, 02
Reflective Exercises (2000 words)There will be two reflective essays. Further details will be provided on the LMS.35 01, 03
Take Home Examination (3500 words)Students will answer a combination of essay and problem-solving type questions. Further details will be provided on the LMS.50 01, 02, 03