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Unit Overview


This unit builds on foundation content in the Master of International Law and examines a series of advanced topics in public international law. It examines doctrinal content and its application in real world case studies in international law - either contemporary or historical. Examples of advanced topics include: refugee law, genocide studies, World Trade Organization Law, modern slavery and international law, International Labour Organization Law, international disaster response law, international biodiversity law, and international heritage treaties. This unit examines key principles, institutions, organisations, treaties and cases related to each of the advanced topics covered and situates them within their historical, political and cultural context. Institutional frameworks and procedures for development, interpretation and enforcement are examined and theories underpinning the advanced topics are discussed and critiqued.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify the key sources of international law on a range of advanced topics; (2) apply the range of international laws covered in this unit to specific problem-based scenarios; (3) critically analyse contemporary and / or historical international instruments, institutions, cases and materials, their context and relationship with domestic and regional law (where relevant); (4) develop logical and convincing arguments, orally and in writing, about the application and effectiveness of international law related to the unit content; and (5) make creative recommendations for law reform, and/or further legal research needed, to address global challenges.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) presentation; and (3) research essay. 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)
Emily Camins
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Unit(s) LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law
Advisable prior study
As this is an advanced unit, it is recommended that students have completed at least two Law units before enrolling.
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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