Public International Law (5045LAW)

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Understanding how international law operates is the first step towards making such difference. In today's increasingly globalised world, legal problems now span countries and often involve regional and international treaties and laws, so it's essential that law undergraduates as future practitioners comprehend how the global legal system works. The emergence of Islamic State and the ever-present threat of terrorism has highlighted the role of international law. Law is no longer something that operates only within State boundaries in isolation, and there is significant demand for young lawyers to understand this. Everyone is affected by war in the Middle East, terrorism, cyber-attacks, and piracy in the South China Sea. Whether you want to prevent environmental degradation, mass atrocities, or advance human rights for vulnerable populations this course will give you introductory knowledge as to how you may go about it. Whether you hope to pursue a career in Australia or internationally, knowledge of international law will be useful because of the globalisation of legal practice, and will place you in a good position to apply for non-legal internships or work placements at the United Nations or the European Union, including at the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. 5045LAW will introduce you to the fundamentals of law beyond the nation-state and as it applies to global and public issues and concerns. Students who complete this course will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the legal system itself such as who can participate in law-making and where rules and principles come from when there is no world government or enforceable judgments of courts. Having studied the fundamental structures of public international law, students will also have the chance to engage at an introductory level with four more specific and fairly detailed bodies of law including: the use of force and enforcement; human rights; international criminal law and territorial issues including the law of the sea pertaining to maritime boundaries. These bodies of law are significant for public international law and an introduction to them will develop the students' capacity to engage more widely with international law issues and concerns. This course will also make you eligible to enroll into the Jessup International Moot course that will further polish your knowledge in some of the most pertinent legal challenges that our world faces. Prerequisite Bachelor of Laws students: 1028LAW Global Law OR 1012LAW Introduction to Legal Theory. Prerequisites Juris Doctor students: Nil.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level

Undergraduate

Student contribution band

Band 3

Usually available

Nathan Semester 2Nathan Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables

Convenor

Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
3 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
17 March 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (17725) Open Tuesday 14:00 - 17:50
26 February 2019 - 9 April 2019
N34 0.04
Science 2 Building
Nathan Campus

Convenor

Key dates

Course start date
23 July 2018
Last day to add a course
5 August 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
19 August 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
16 September 2018

Please view the full class and additional timetable information for Griffith Law School

Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (40994) Open Tuesday 15:00 - 18:50
24 July 2018 - 7 August 2018,
21 August 2018 - 18 September 2018
N16 0.08
Macrossan Building
Nathan Campus