This unit (BLB4143) of study provides an overview of the key legal principles, rules, norms and players that operate at the international level. It compares and contrasts the hallmarks of the Australian domestic legal system with that of the international system, focussing on sources of law, State responsibility, dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, and emerging themes for the future.

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BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

LLW1001 - Criminal Law

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate a coherent critical, theoretical and technical knowledge with depth and social and global context in the area of Public International Law to a range of audiences;  
  2. Advocate solutions to complex practical problems in Public International Law with judgement and responsibility in advising and acting;  
  3. Provide advice and functions with responsibility and accountability in the area of Public International Law in both global and local settings;  
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities in the study of Public International Law; and  
  5. Adapt the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse, generate and transmit innovative solutions to complex 21st century problems in the area of Public International Law.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 10 Multiple Choice Questions 10%
Assignment Research essay 40%
Examination Final Examination 50%

Required reading

Principles of International Law 5th
Stephen Hall, 2016
LexisNexis Butterworths

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