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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the history, theory and structure of some of the key international legal institutions in world politics, such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of (a) the nature, relevance and formation of some of the key international organisations pre- and post-World War II; (b) the relationship of these institutions to international issue areas such as security, human rights, crime and justice; and (c) the sources and subjects of international law and (2) display skills in (a) reading and analysing introductory international law and where relevant, international relations literature; (b) applying basic legal and political theory to the work of international institutions; (c) researching specific international law topics; and (d) communicating in written and verbal formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) written assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jade Lindley
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one level 1 6 points Unit(s)
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.

Alexandra R. Harrington, International Organizations and the Law (Routledge, 2018)

Where relevant, supplementary literature will be provided each week.


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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.