Public International Law

Unit code: BLB4143 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context
BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods
LLW1001 - Criminal Law
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Principles of International Law
Stephen Hall, 2016| LexisNexis Butterworths

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