Advanced Public International Law (LAWS5108)


This unit provides an opportunity for students who are familiar with the basic institutions and processes of public international law to deepen their understanding by studying in greater detail than is possible in the introductory unit several areas of conceptual importance and contemporary relevance. It follows that a prerequisite is the unit, LAWS1023 Public International Law or LAWS5005 Public International Law, or an equivalent unit undertaken at another institution.
The topics covered by this unit are: (1) the international law of the sea; (2) international environmental law; (3) international refugee law; and (4) the law of international organisations and systems of monitoring and compliance in international law. These topics are specialised, substantive areas of law which are of particular importance to global governance of resources, particularly for a large, ecologically diverse and maritime State such as Australia, and are extremely topical on the national and international agendas.

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Further unit of study information


2x2-hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


3,000wd essay (30%) and 2hr exam (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS2005 or LAWS5005


LAWS3009 or LAWS3408

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.