UWA Handbook 2014

Unit details

LAWS3315 Selected Topics in Public International Law [UG]

Credit 6 points
Availability not available in 2014 (see Timetable)
Content This unit deals with selected advanced and specialised topics of public international law. It covers the law of international institutions, international law theory and methodology, rights of vulnerable groups, international responsibility of non-state actors and international environmental law.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of selected specialised topics of public international law; (2) demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of international legal hisory and theory; (3) appreciate reseach methods in international law; (4) evaluate the relevance of public international law in contemporary society and our daily lives; (5) appreciate the interconnectedness of international law and relations; (6) consider how public international law can be better respected and enforced; and (7) locate, identify and utilise relevant international law resources available through the Law Library and on the internet.
Assessment Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include a major research assignment (including outline/proposal and research essay), seminar presentation and regular seminar attendance and participation. Further assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Winthrop Professor Holly Cullen
Location UWA (Crawley)
Mode on-campus
Unit rules
Prerequisites: LAWS1130 Legal Process
Advisable prior study: LAWS3354 Public International Law
Contact hours seminars/lectures: 3 hrs per week

Shaw, M. N. International Law, 6th edn: Cambridge Grotius 2008


Birnie, P. et al. International Law and the Environment, 3rd edn: Oxford 2009

Boye, A. and Chinkin, C. The Making of International Law: Oxford 2007

De Schutter, O. International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary: Cambridge 2010

Klabbers, J. An Introduction to International Institutional Law, 2nd edn: Cambridge 2009

Koskeniemmi, M. The Gentler Civilizer of Nations: the Rise and Fall of International Law, 1870–1960: Cambridge 2002

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