Courses & Units

International Law LAW631


This unit is a Group B elective for students who commenced their Law degree prior to 2013. Students commencing courses 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N or 63O in 2013 or later should instead enrol in the core unit LAW254 International Law. Pre-requisites are applicable to non-Law students, as well as to Law students. Those wishing to study this unit who do not meet the pre-requisites should contact the Manager Academic Administration - Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.


Introduces the structure of the international legal system and the legal relations between states and other entities recognised in the international legal system. The unit commences with a discussion of the nature of international law, and an assessment of the role and legal significance of the UN General Assembly, Security Council and International Court of Justice. A study is made of the relationship between international law and domestic law. The unit further considers the content and workings of international law, by reference to its sources and doctrines, as well as studies on international personality, jurisdictional sovereignty and immunities from jurisdiction and state responsibility. Extensive reference is made throughout to current international issues and particular attention is given to the relevance of international law to recent Australian issues. Accordingly, the development of an interest in international and current affairs is strongly encouraged in the study of this unit. The unit provides a solid foundation for the more specialised Group B International law units LAW634 Human Rights, LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic, LAW608 Law of Nations, LAW623 International Humanitarian Law and LAW692 Jessup International Law Moot. The subject provides solid background for LAW610 International Environmental Law and Policy and LAW663 International Trade Law.


Unit name International Law
Unit code LAW631
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

3 hours of lectures/seminars per week unless otherwise advised

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