2018 Winter School Subject List

Public International Law (LAWS5005) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

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

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

(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 29 Jan 2018 
End Date: 09 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Note: - 

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

  2. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Law students only

  3. Prerequisite: - 



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,

(9) dispute settlement.


Interim 1hr test (20%), and final 2hr exam (80%)


Start Date: 29 Jan 2018     End Date: 09 Feb 2018


Mon 09:00 - 14:30

Tues 09:00 - 14:30

Thurs 09:00 - 14:30

Fri 09:00 - 14:30

Mid Session Exam

Wed 7th Feb, 14:00 start (1hr exam & 15 mins reading time)

Final Exam

Tue 20th feb, 10:00 Start (2hr exam & 30 mins reading time)



Mon, Tue & Fri - New Law School Lecture Theatre 024

Thu - New Law School Lecture Theatre 026

Exams: New Law School Lecture Theatre 024


PRESCRIBED: D Harris and S Sivakumaran Cases and Materials on International Law (8th ed., 2015). PRESCRIBED: M Dixon, R McCorquodale and S Williams Cases and Materials on International Law (6th ed., 2016). RECOMMENDED: D Harris and S Sivakumaran Cases and Materials on International Law (8th ed., 2015). RECOMMENDED: J Crawford Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (8th ed., 2012).