Graduate Diploma in International Economic Law

Course 891AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 075317C
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.

Coordinator

Associate Professor J├╝rgen Kurtz

Contact

For more information, contact the Melbourne Law Masters office.

Email law-masters@unimelb.edu.au or phone +61 3 8344 6190.

Alternatively, visit our website:

www.law.unimelb.edu.au/masters

Course Overview:

Melbourne Law School's graduate program in international economic law incorporates a diverse mix of subjects devoted to this important field of practice and study. The program focuses on interdisciplinary analysis, and is ideal for legal practitioners as well as governmental representatives, development specialists, economists and others working in the field. The program examines the laws governing economic relations between different countries, domestic government regulation, private international transactions and international regulation between countries, with a focus on the World Trade Organization.

Objectives:

The Graduate Diploma in International Economic Law focuses on:

  • The customary and treaty-based sources of international economic law with a particular focus on the World Trade Organization
  • The assessment of various functional and theoretical bases for organising economic relations at the international level
  • The evolving context in which the processes of and actors within international economic law operate, especially the nexus with law and development strategies
  • The jurisprudence of the various dispute settlement organs operating in the field
  • The articulation of knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students must complete four subjects from the prescribed list.

Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies or experience are also expected to complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.

Majors/
Minors/
Specialisations

None.

Subject Options:

# Offered in 2012

  • Chinese Tax and Investment Law
  • Developing Countries and the WTO #
  • Fiscal Reform and Development #
  • Global Financial Order: IMF and World Bank #
  • International Arbitration Workshop
  • International Business Transactions #
  • International Commercial Arbitration #
  • International Economic Law #
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration #
  • International Sale of Goods
  • International Trade Law #
  • International Trade, Intellectual Property and Public Health (Formerly Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Public Health) #
  • Principles of International Law #
  • The Role of Courts in International Law #
  • Trade, Human Rights and Development #
  • WTO Law and Dispute Settlement #
Breadth Tracks:

None.

Available Breadth Tracks

Entry Requirements:
  • A degree in a relevant discipline and the equivalent of at least one year of full-time, documented, relevant professional experience; or
  • A degree in law leading to admission to legal practice (LLB, JD or equivalent), at honours standard or equivalent; or
  • A degree in law leading to admission to legal practice (LLB, JD or equivalent) and the equivalent of at least one year of full-time, documented, relevant professional experience.
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Graduate Attributes:
  1. Advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the relevant area of law
    The specialist focus of the Melbourne Law Masters, the constant review and renewal of subjects and courses, the range and expertise of instructors from Australia and around the world, and regular advice from our advisory boards combine to ensure that courses and subjects reflect emerging knowledge and ideas
  2. Ability to evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge in the area
    Small classes, a discussion-based environment and the emphasis on quality teaching and learning create an environment in which knowledge is exchanged, critically examined and adapted to current circumstances
  3. Well-developed problem solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach
    Most subjects approach knowledge by reference to various issues or problems. Students are encouraged to critically analyse problems and identify and develop a range of appropriate solutions through class discussion, individual study and assessment tasks.
  4. Advanced competencies in legal research and analysis
    Class preparation and class discussions are designed to enhance these skills, which are tested in all forms of assessment.
  5. Capacity to communicate, orally and in writing
    Classroom discussion and formal presentations provide an opportunity to hone oral communication skills, and written assessment tasks are graded in part on written communication skills.
  6. Appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
    Research papers and other research tasks are expected to attain a degree of originality and discovery that befits a quality postgraduate program, and students are encouraged and assisted to publish work of a high standard in refereed journals.
  7. Capacity to manage competing demands on time
    The demanding nature of graduate study requires effective time-management skills from all students. The rigour of our programs, whether undertaken part-time or full-time, ensures that all successful graduates have enhanced time-management skills.
  8. Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, including the ethics of scholarship
    Some subjects have a substantive ethical component. All instructors have a respect for intellectual integrity and are skilled scholars or practitioners in their own right.
  9. Appreciation of the way in which knowledge provides a foundation for leadership
    Instructors in the Melbourne Law Masters are leaders in their fields, and many subjects involve visiting academics, exposing students to a wider array of leaders in a range of legal fields. The Law School is committed to the significance of knowledge, which informs all regular programs and a wide range of additional activities.
  10. Capacity to value and participate in teamwork
    Small class sizes and an intensive teaching format are valuable in encouraging group dynamics and teamwork.
  11. Understanding of the significance and value of knowledge to the wider community
    Law and legal knowledge are a community resource. In some subjects, this perspective is covered explicitly by the syllabus and the manner in which issues are treated in class. In addition, our diverse student body ensures that a range of perspectives on the way law impacts on the community are identified and analysed.
  12. Capacity to engage with issues in contemporary society
    Our programs focus on the most up-to-date legal knowledge, analysing current issues and problems through the curriculum design, classroom discussion and assessment tasks. International students are also invited to participate in extracurricular activities to aid understanding of Australian law and legal institutions.
  13. Advanced working skills in the use of new technology
    The most advanced IT infrastructure is available to Melbourne Law Masters students in the Law Library, the Moot Court Room, classroom settings and for private study.
Links to further information: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/course/891/2012

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