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International Law (9563.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



    In this unit students will learn fundamental principles of international law and examine the historical development of these laws. The nature of international law differs in many respects from local, state, and federal law. The first half of the unit will define international law, identify its foundations, and review its historical development. In addition to learning how international law has developed, students will examine how these laws are enforced - or in many cases, not enforced. In the second half of the unit, students will explore specific topics within international law, such as the laws of war, the laws of the sea, international human rights, international crimes, environmental law, protection of intellectual property, and international trade. The unit will conclude with a review of successes and failures of international law.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Explain how international law has developed over time;

    2. Discuss the difficulties in enforcement of international law;

    3. Identify issues that international law seeks to resolve;

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of how power and politics influence the formation, application, and enforcement of international law; and

    5. Assess the effectiveness of international law in resolving transnational disputes.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.



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