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LAWS312 International Law

The principles of the law of nations in peace, war and neutrality. An introduction to the law of international organisation.

The paper examines the rules of customary international law and treaties that govern the international relations of states. The introductory parts deal with the nature and sources of international law and the relationship between international law and national law. The remaining parts focus on particular areas of international law applicable to recent and contemporary issues and events.
These parts include self-determination and secession (the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in the Kosovo case); individual and state accountability for violations of international criminal law (the Pinochet case in the United Kingdom; the decision of the International Court of Justice in Congo v Belgium; tortious liability in civil proceedings); an introduction to international criminal tribunals (the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the Special Court for Sierra Leone; the Special Tribunal for Lebanon; the International Criminal Court); and the use of force (the role of the United Nations Security Council; self-defence; the duty to protect).

Paper title International Law
Paper code LAWS312
Subject Law
EFTS 0.2000
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,292.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,712.00

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 412
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Professor Kevin Dawkins
All course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will have acquired a detailed understanding of international law.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system