ILAP613-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Principles of Public International Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 - (18/2-17/3, 21/4)
Online Delivery (24/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 24 Feb - 22 Mar

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Law Head of Department


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.

Textbooks / Resources

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $982.00

* 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

  • ILAP613-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020