University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

LAW 7170 - Public International Law

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Intensive
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: Students without a Bachelor of Laws must have completed LAW 7177
Incompatible: LAW 2520 and LAW 1508
Assessment: Group Presentation - 10%, Current Issues Analysis 1 - 25%, 500 words (Optional, Redeemable); Research Essay maximum 5 - 500words chosen from a list of approved topics

This course provides students with an understanding of the system of public international law which regulates relations between actors on the global stage. Topics include: the nature of international law; sources of international law, in particular centring on treaty; interpretation, negotiation and compliance. Customary international law and general principles of law and soft law will also be covered. Participants in the international legal system, including statehood, legal personality and diplomatic protection; territory; state responsibility; jurisdiction and immunity; the relationship between international law and Australian law; the international law of human rights; the operation of the United Nations system, including the role of the General Assembly, international dispute settlement and the role of the International Court of Justice, and the law regulating the use of force and the role of the Security Council. Further topics will include fact finding, the particular case of international law and Armed Drones, and peace through international law.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
24758 SE01 25 20 11 Aug - 12 Aug Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 5pm  
16 Aug - 18 Aug Monday, Wednesday 10am - 5pm  
Note: Seminar scheduled in Ligertwood 5.15