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LAWS17-570: Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities September 2020 [Standard - Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS17-570
Subject title:Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 96) - Recommended study hours


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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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.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Assessed by way of two quizzes, worth 10 marks each and based on materials covered in seminars and prescribed readings. 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
*Competency Test § International Law Moot 30% Week 11 1, 2, 3.
Research Paper Major research paper 50% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

IMPORTANT: Successful completion of this law elective cannot be credited towards future postgraduate studies.

Subject curriculum

• Foundations of Public International Law. • Sources of International Law • Relationships between Domestic and International Legal Orders.

• Modern Armed Conflicts and International Law. • Regional and Global Peace and Security. • ‘R2P’ Doctrine. • The Role of UN Institutions and Operations.

• International legal frameworks on, and institutions relating to, human rights. • Conflicts between security and rights

• International legal frameworks on, and institutions relating to, Refugee Law and Policy.

• Immigration in a Global Context. • Principles of citizenship in international law. • Indigenous People, Identity, Citizenship and International Law.

• Climate Change and International Law. • Global economic Realities and International Law.

• Principles of Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction under International Law. • International instruments on transnational crimes such as Terrorism, Terrorist Financing, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, and Money Laundering.

• Current Issues in International Law.

• The Future of the Nation State. • Future Challenges and Opportunities for International Law.

Approved on: Aug 3, 2020. Edition: 2.6
Last updated: Aug 21, 2020.