LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law
- 6 points
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Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 5 elective
- Honours option in Law and Society [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
- This is a compulsory foundation unit in the Master of International Law. The unit provides students with (1) an understanding of the sources of public international law and the distinctive features of international legal reasoning; (2) an overview of the historical, political and cultural context of international law; and (3) an ability to analyse questions of public international law and to evaluate arguments concerning public international law.
Students explore the distinctive features of international law, including ideas of international legal personality, the role of state consent as a basis for international law and the limitations on the potential for enforcement of international law. They also examine how international law interacts with domestic law. The international rules on jurisdiction and immunities are examined.
- Students are able to (1) apply the principles, rules and sources of international law; (2) demonstrate analytical legal thinking to critically justify orally and in writing complex issues of public international law; (3) assess how international law impacts upon and is applied in domestic law; (4) critically debate the role and impact of international law in current global affairs; and (5) distinguish the role of different sources in communicating international law rules and issues.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) media analysis; and (3) in-class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Melanie O'Brien
- Unit rules
- For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
- Contact hours
- Teaching dates for this unit are 25 and 26 February. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
- Students must watch the pre-recorded lecture videos and attend every day of the intensive face-to-face period.
Gleider Hernandez, International Law (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Donald R. Rothwell, Stuart Kaye, Afshin Akhtar-Khavari, Ruth Davis and Imogen Saunders, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives (3rd ed., Cambridge, 2018).
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