Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 30 hours - intensive or semester long. |
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The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School’s programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
CoordinatorProf Gerry Simpson
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
Public International Law develops and enhances the understanding of international public law acquired in Principles of Public Law. This course will apply some of the doctrine and concepts studied in the foundational course to a host of areas in which international legal regulation plays a significant, sometimes decisive, role in inter-state and globalised relations.
The course is comprised of several topics (immunity, use of force, jurisdiction, the nature of sovereignty) that will be used to explore complex questions relating to the practice of international law in international politics and culture, the creation of international law, its application and its theoretical and historical underpinnings.
Close attention is paid to legal aspects of current developments e.g. the juridical basis for humanitarian intervention, the prosecution of alleged war criminals and the responsibility of states for serious violations of international humanitarian law and for breaches of international economic law. There will be a particular focus on international law in domestic settings (e.g. Pinochet before the UK House of Lords, Hicks and Mabo in the Australian federal courts and Hamdan v Rumsfeld in the U.S. Supreme Court).
The international legal order remains relatively embryonic. It lacks a centralised form of law-making authority, an enforcement arm and compulsory adjudication. It is a very different sort of legal system with manifold weaknesses and, at least, one great strength: namely, its capacity to confront and, perhaps, contribute to the solution of, the most pressing problems facing humankind. Students will be required to engage thoughtfully, critically and creatively with a diverse range of legal materials, including case law, treaties and academic commentary.
A student who has successfully completed this course will:
Supervised open-book three-hour examination, following intensive period (100%).
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Specialist printed materials will be made available from Melbourne Law School.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills to draw on their developed understanding of Public International Law to:
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