Advanced Public International Law

10 Units

In the first module of this course students will obtain knowledge of the central concepts, principles, institutions and rules of public international law at an advanced level. In the second module students will undertake a specialist study in secessionist self-determination, the primary means by which new states are created in the modern era. Students will critically evaluate a number of key secessionist case studies in the international system.The central concepts of sovereignty and self-determination in international law will be critically examined in both modules of the course.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the key concepts, principles, institutions and rules of the public international law system.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the interaction between the international law system and domestic legal systems.
  3. Explain the ways in which self-determination and secession movements shape the relations between existing and emerging states and change the constitution of the international legal order.
  4. Apply knowledge of important secessionist self-determination claims within the international system to provide specialised legal advice in relation to such claims.
  5. Use high level oral and written communication skills to debate key concepts and craft persuasive arguments.
  6. Demonstrate high level primary and secondary legal research skills in producing a research essay.

Topics in this course include the following:

Module 1 1. Nature and scope of public international law 2. Institutions and actors in the international law system. 3. Sources of law 4. International legal personality 5. International law and domestic law. 6. Statehood and sovereignty Module 2 7. Self-determination 8. Acquisition of territory – historical 9. Acquisition of territory/sovereignty – secession 10. Secession and the use of force 11. Case studies on state secession

Replacing Course(s) na
Transition na
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge For Master of Laws Students: Nil For Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Students LAWS 6013 Public International Law
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Research Essay
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Students will receive a participation mark which will be assessed on the basis of the following: a. Evidence that the prescribed readings have been completed; b. Active engagement and willingness to participate in seminar discussion and activities, responses, questions or other contributions that indicate a comprehension of the relevant material and thoughtful and intelligent consideration of the issues it raises; c. Responses, questions or other considerations that indicate an awareness of the broader legal and policy issues.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or the Master of Laws.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6036

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