ILAP613-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Advanced Principles of Public International Law

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


A seminar-based course, involving an advanced study of the principles of public international law. This course is a compulsory component of the LLM (IntLaw&Pols).

This course is compulsory for all LLM (ILAP) students and will provide an advanced introduction to the nature and fundamental concepts of international law as well as an opportunity for in depth discussion and analysis of related problematic issues.  Topics include: legal personality and international legal actors; the sources of international law; the relationship between international and domestic law; jurisdiction and immunity; state responsibility; responding to breaches of international law.  The course will be delivered by way of seminars. Students will be provided with readings, and will be expected to come to class fully prepared.  Attendance is compulsory.

Learning Outcomes

  • After you have completed this module you will be able to:
  •  demonstrate an advanced and systematic understanding of the principles, rules, institutions and processes of international law;
  •  demonstrate how international law functions within its social and political contexts;
  •  deal critically with the functioning of international law in contemporary international society;
  •  demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of international law through a critical evaluation of scholarship in the field;
  •  provide new insights into the theory and practice of international law; and
  •  research effectively in the field of international law.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Geography 608 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roisin Burke


John Hopkins and Jan Jakob Bornheim


Assessment is by way of one 8,000 word essay and a class presentation.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.


Recommended Reading

Evans, Malcolm D.1959- , Evans, Malcolm D; International law; Fourth edition;

Further readings will be required by the individual lecturers during the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $962.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

All ILAP613 Occurrences

  • ILAP613-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019