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LAWS17-570: Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities


Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject engages students in analysis of contemporary issues in public international law and global justice, including the theoretical underpinnings of international law and the mechanics of international legal institutions. The subject also provides students with the opportunity to identify and critique international legal frameworks on topics such as: transnational crimes; citizenship and nationality; human rights; refugee law and policy; modern armed conflicts; the global economy and climate change. The subject provides students with an opportunity to complete a major research essay and prepare and deliver oral arguments in an international law moot.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of: (a) The competing theoretical explanations of international law and the mechanics of international legal institutions; and (b) International legal frameworks on international crime cooperation and transnational crimes; citizenship and nationality; refugee law and policy; modern armed conflicts and climate change. 2. Demonstrate the reasoning, research and communication skills to: (a) Analyse and explain theoretical and legal frameworks in an international and transnational law context. (b) Engage in a major legal research project and formulate a sophisticated law and policy analysis. (c) Engage in discussion on contemporary issue in public international law. 3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the above knowledge and skills: (a) with creativity and initiative to new situations; (b) with high level personal autonomy and accountability; (c) to plan and execute substantial research based projects; and (d) Identify, develop and deliver persuasive oral legal arguments on matters of international in a courtroom setting.

Enrolment requirements

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Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens19/07/2022
Semester start19/09/2022
Subject start19/09/2022
Cancellation 1?27/09/2022
Cancellation 2?28/09/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?04/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?13/10/2022
Teaching census?03/10/2022