Courses & Units

International Law LAW254



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees which were introduced in 2013 with course codes 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N,63O, 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R. Students in other Law degrees should enrol instead for the Group B elective unit LAW631 International Law.


International law permeates most areas of Australian law and it is therefore essential for law graduates to have a solid grounding in the sources and methodology of international law. This unit aims to facilitate students' development of an understanding of the sources of international law, international dispute settlement, treaty making, international humanitarian law, human rights, international environmental law, the use of force and the relationship between international and Australian law. The unit provides a solid foundation for the more specialised international law units.


Unit name International Law
Unit code LAW254
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Peter Lawrence

Teaching staff

Dr Peter Lawrence and others TBA

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090900

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


75 credit points in introductory study including LAW121 and LAW122, or a bachelor degree or equivalent

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Two 50 min lectures per week plus six 50 min tutorials over the semester unless otherwise advised


2 hour closed book Exam (50%), In-class test (30%), Tutorial assessment (20%)

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