2018 Winter School Subject List

Public International Law (LAWS1023) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law (Sydney Law School)
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Prof Ed Couzens - ed.couzens@sydney.edu.au
(2) Ms Meda Couzens - ed.couzens@sydney.edu.au

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Start Date: 30 Jan 2017 
End Date: 10 Feb 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 04 Jan 2017 
Census date: 30 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 30 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisite: - 

    Foundations of Law (3rd year LLB, 1st year JD)

  2. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  3. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Bachelor of Laws students only.


The compulsory unit of study is an introduction to the general problems, sources and techniques of public international law. The unit surveys the fundamental rules and principles public international law through an examination of the following topics (1) the nature, function and scope of public international law, (2) the sources of public international law, (3) the law of treaties including principles of treaty interpretation, (4) the relationship between public international law and municipal law, (5) the extent of civil and criminal state jurisdiction, (6) immunities from state jurisdiction including diplomatic privileges and immunities (7) state responsibility, including diplomatic protection, nationality of claims and exhaustion of local remedies, (8) regulation of the use of force in international relations, and (9) dispute settlement.


Mid-session exam 20%, 1 hour; final exam 80%, 2 hours.


Start Date: 30 Jan 2017     End Date: 10 Feb 2017

Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 - 14:30 hrs

Mid-session exam: Wednesday 8 Feb at 2pm 1 hr and 15 mins reading time.

Final exam: Friday 24 Feb at 10am for 2 hrs and 30 mins reading time.


PRESCRIBED: D Harris and S Sivakumaran Cases and Materials on International Law (8th ed., 2015).

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: J Crawford Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (8th ed., 2012).