LAWS5165 Public International Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to the international legal system. Students learn about the nature of international law, and theoretical arguments concerning the nature of international law. They explore the sources of international law and its fundamental principles, and learn about the application of these principles and sources in particular contexts, including the relationship between domestic and international law. Students examine the use of international legal rules and principles by domestic and international tribunals. Key themes include international legal personality; the role of consent; the problem of certainty.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of (a) the basic principles of public international law; (b) the historical and political context in which these principles developed; and (c) how the basic principles of public international law relate to contemporary international issues; (2) (a) identify and articulate complex issues of public international law; (b) demonstrate an ability to solve problems of public international law; (c) engage in critical analysis of international legal rules and principles and demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of these rules; and (d) formulate cogent arguments defending or critiquing positions in international law; (3) demonstrate an ability to (a) find a wide range of primary and secondary materials on the source of international law; (b) evaluate the legal status of various sources; and (c) critically analyse primary and secondary sources on public international law; (4) communicate clearly in writing, and communicate orally to students and tutors in a classroom setting; and (5) learn and work with a high degree of autonomy, and reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance and make use of feedback.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research essay; (2) tutorial particpation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Melanie O'Brien
Unit rules
for Juris Doctor studentsLAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics, LAWS4104 Property, and LAWS4107 Land Law
LAWS3354 Public International Law
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week

Shaw, M. L. International Law, 7th edn: Cambridge 2014


Crawford, J. Brownlie' s Principles of Public International Law, 8th edn: Oxford 2012

Evans, M. D. ed., International Law, 4th edn: Oxford 2014

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