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Advanced Issues in International Law - LAWS8081
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Pre-requisite: Academic Program must be 9200 or 9210 or 9230 or 5740 or 9240 or 5760 or 9211 or 5211 or 9281 or 5281 or 9220 or 5750.
Excluded: JURD7681
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


To enable students to develop an understanding of the issues involved in complex contemporary areas of international law.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

After having completed this course successfully, a participant will:
  • Understand the issues involved in complex contemporary areas of international law;
  • Consolidate and deepen understanding of international law and the modalities through which it informs and creates the world in which we live

Main Topics

The formation and operation of the rules of international law will be examined and assessed in the context of current events. The general substantive framework for the course therefore changes from year to year. In 2012, this course will take as its theme peoples’ tribunals, international law and human rights. Since the 1960s there have been dozens of “peoples’ tribunals”, “citizens’ tribunals” or similar commissions of inquiry established outside formal State and international structures. The aim of this course is to examine this phenomenon and how these institutions are conceived of by those who establish and participate in them. It will analyse their role as forms of accountability that exist outside State-sponsored structures.


Class Participation (10%)
Take-home Exam (90%)

Course Texts

Please refer to the course outline.

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