LAWS5165 Public International Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply the principles, rules and sources of international law; (2) develop analytical legal thinking to critically justify orally and in writing complex issues of public international law; (3) demonstrate 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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) in-class participation; and (3) media analysis. 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)
Dr Melanie O'Brien
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
or
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3354 Public International Law
Contact hours
seminar: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
Text

Malcolm D. Evans (ed), International Law (5th ed., Oxford, 2018).

AND

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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