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MLM785 - Public International Law


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: John Morss

For students enrolled in M729 Juris Doctor: MLJ701

For all other students: Nil

Incompatible with: MLL785
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


This unit focuses on public aspects of international law which includes the regulation of peaceful relations between sovereign states, human rights protections and international criminal justice. Topics include the United Nations systems, sources of public international law and regulation of the use of force between sovereign states; and the protection of human rights by international agreements and by means of international criminal justice.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced, critical knowledge of the principles of contemporary public international law

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Understand the global contexts by which the conduct of individual sovereign states is constrained

GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Carry out a substantial, individual research assignment under supervision

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) Research Essay on individual topic - 60% Week 10
Examination - open book 2 hours 40% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLM785 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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