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LAWS77-570: 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. 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: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

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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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

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Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

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