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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

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

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolled in SMCYL OR LAW5PMI OR Permission from the Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the history and principles of public international law.
02. Demonstrate advanced skills in applying the principles of public international law to problem-solving within the international system in relation to contemporary international issues including cyber warfare and cyber terrorism
03. Critically evaluate the operation and application of the principles of public international law in the international system in relation to contemporary international issues including cyber warfare and cyber terrorism.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMadelaine Chiam

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 6 - 7
Four 7.00 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 7 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class Presentation (500 words) 15%. The class presentation will be made as part of the Security Council simulation on the final day of the subject.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

Reflective Essay (1200 words) 25%.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO3

Take Home Examination (3000 words) 

N/AOther written examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3