LAWS6119 - The State and Global Governance


  • Explore ways in which international affairs are governed on a global scale, the significance of international law in that governance, and the roles and capacities of states within global governance.
  • Gain an introduction to a range of historical and contemporary approaches to understanding the role of law in international affairs.
  • Consider these issues in relation to current events of global import.
  • For these purposes, both an interest in international affairs and familiarity with the principles and institutions of public international law are desirable.


The sorts of questions with which the unit is concerned may include the following: Does global governance comprise a system and, if so, what are its critical features? What is the role of states in this system? In what sense is this system lawful? Is global governance democratic? What is the role of violence in the contemporary global order? How does/should international law seek to address pressing transnational issues, such as poverty, environmental degradation, global health threats and human rights abuses?


Semester 2 Intensive
12, 13 & 26, 27 September 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Please note: This unit replaced LAWS6119 Theories of International Law. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit.


  • 1,000 - 2,000 Word Critique of a selected reading (25%)
  • 1 x 250 Word Research Essay Abstract and One Page Reading List (10%)
  • 1 x 5,000 - 6,000 Word Research Essay (65%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Law and International Development | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law