LAWPUBL 403 - Advanced International Law

Credit points: 20 points
Offered: Second Semester
Contact hours: 4 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Foster
Prerequisites: Students must have completed International Law (LAWPUBL 402) before enrolling in this course.   International students are welcome.  A high level of conversational English language comprehension is needed. 

Course description

This course will extend your knowledge and skills in public international law, including your capacity for conceptual thinking, policy-based reasoning and legal analysis.  The material in the course is of an advanced nature and the assessment is designed to be challenging.  An emphasis is placed on student commitment to readings before class, and on class participation. Students successfully completing the course are expected to come away with enhanced international legal knowledge and skills which should be useful in seeking employment in the public or private sector in related fields, or as a prelude to postgraduate academic work.

Content outline

The course will be anchored in concrete studies each spanning selected areas of public international law including international environmental law, trade law, investment law, human rights law, and the place of private commercial actors within international law.   Conceptual themes may include:  (a) the tension between unity and fragmentation in international law; (b) the meaning of sovereignty in international law today; (c) pursuit of the ‘community interest’ in international law.


Class participation (10%)

1 hour test (30%)

2 hour exam (60%)

Both the test and the final exam are open book. This means that you may, if you wish, bring into the test and exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.