LEGAL437-19B (HAM)

Public International Law

15 Points

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Paper Description

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An introduction to public international law: evolution, sources, relationship between international and municipal law, the law of treaties, the law of the sea and international institutions, particularly the United Nations.

Legal437-19B aims at introducing students to the contextual constraints associated with public international law.
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Paper Structure

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This is a B semester paper. The teaching component comprises 1 x 2 hour lecture.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the basic laws, rules and procedures that operate in public international law
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  • Demonstrate knowledge of the applicable rules governing international law
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  • Demonstrate understanding of the specifics of the law-making process in public international law and the intended and unintended consequences of present-day rule-making processes with regards to the politics and philosophy that dominates some of these are
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  • Critically examine public international law.
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Assessment

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The assessment for this paper is research based. All assessment components will allow students to strengthen their research skills developed during the course and develop particular expertise in given subject-matter areas. They are intended to examine whether students have understood the contextual constraints associated with public international law, grasped the functions of public international law, gained sufficient knowledge of the laws, procedures and institutions which comprise public international law; thus being able to develop a deeper understanding of public international law, and critically analyse public international law.

Students will need to complete both pieces of assessment. Alternative arrangements will be made for students requiring special consideration, as per the process outlined later in this paper outline.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Mid-semester essay
2 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. End-of-semester essay
14 Oct 2019
12:00 PM
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The required readings will be:

Coppard, McLay, Murray & Orpin-Dowell New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, 2018).

M Shaw, International Law 8th ed (CUP: 2017).

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Recommended Readings

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In addition to these materials, the Law Library holds a number of highly relevant textbooks on public international law. Specific recommended reading texts include:

Jan Klabbers, International Law, Cambridge University Press 2nd ed (Cambridge, 2017)

Malcolm Evans, International Law 5th ed (Cambridge 2018)

Malcolm Dixon, Textbook on International Law 7th ed (2013).

Don Rothwell, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives 2ed (2014)

Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law, (8th ed, OUP, Oxford: 2012)

D.J. Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law, (7th ed, Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, London: 2010)

A Abass International Law: Text Cases and Materials (OUP, Oxford: 2012)

Other recommended readings will be placed on library desk reserve throughout the year.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at help@waikato.ac.nz or call 838 4008.

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Workload

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is designed to offer a basic introduction to the key building blocks in PIL. This is such a fundamental paper that in many law schools in the world, it is considered to be compulsory and prerequisite for other international law papers. From PIL basic principles, students shall be able to move with greater ease into the more specialised papers of:

-International Environmental Law

-Human Rights

-International Trade

-Law of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law.

-Indigenous People’s Rights

-Law of Intellectual Property

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LAWS437, LAWS446

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