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The principles of the laws of nations in peace, war and neutrality, and selected issues.
An introduction to the law of nations during peace-time and selected issues.This course begins with an introduction to the nature and purpose of public international law and introduces candidates to its functions and to selected theories of international law. International law governs the relations between states and, to a lesser extent, between other entities such as international organisations, NGOs and individuals. Candidates will then go on to consider the process by which international law is created – the so-called sources of international law – before going on to explore the rules relating to jurisdiction, the relationship between national and international law, state responsibility and responses to breaches of international obligations. This course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of the international legal system, which is a necessary pre-requisite for the study of any area of international law.Students should note that LAWS324 is a pre-requisite for a number of advancing international law courses (see individual course descriptions for details).
Knowledge:Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of public international law including the nature of international legal ‘knowledge’ and ‘norms’;Critically analyse and evaluate public international law within a social, political and theoretical context including the principles and values of justice within the system;Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of public international law through a critical evaluation of primary materials and relevant scholarship in the field.Thinking skills:Identify and articulate legal issues,Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues,Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses,Develop an ability to exercise a professional judgment.Research skills:Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.Communication and collaboration:Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal audiences.Self management:Learn and work independently.
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
LAWS342, LAWS375 (prior to 2006)
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The assessment may be by way of an essay and an exam.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Public International Law; A New Zealand Perspective;
Domestic fee $831.00
International fee $4,200.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Law.