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.
1x2hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week
Mid-term test or assignment (20%) and 2hr final exam (80%).
Dixon, McCorquodale and Williams, Cases and Materials on International Law (6th edition)
LAWS1018 or LAWS2005 or LAWS5005