Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > public international law

Public international law is the regime of legal rules which primarily seeks to regulate relations between sovereign states.  For example, public international law defines the minimum standard of treatment which a sovereign state must accord the nationals of another state on its territory and the responsibility of one state to another for failure to observe the required standard of treatment.  Individuals, to an increasing extent, also are a direct concern of public international law.  Examples of this development include the international criminal responsibility of individuals for war crimes and other offences, such as state torture, and the network of treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966, which aspires to define and protect human rights.

The objective of the teaching program in this subject is to give you an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the role of legal rules in regulating the conduct of states and individuals in international society and the relationship between Australian law and public international law.

The teaching program, which is conducted by the Law Extension Committee of The University of Sydney, seeks to assist your preparation for the examination in Public International Law which is conducted by the Legal Profession Admission Board.

Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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