MLL419 - Contemporary International Legal Challenges (Intensive)


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Must have completed 8 law units

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

In-person attendance requirements

Trimester 2  Cloud Intensive Dates: For T2 2021 Only

30 contact hours: 10 contact hours per week (2 x 4-hour classes and 1 x 2-hour seminar) over 3 weeks 

 Week 1 

  • 19 July 9am to 1pm 
  • 20 July 9am to 1pm  
  • 22 July 5pm to 7pm 

Week 2 

  • 26 July 9am to 1pm 
  • 27 July 9am to 1pm 
  • 29 July 5pm to 7pm 

Week 3 

  • 9 August 9am to 1pm 
  • 10 August 9am to 1pm 
  • 11 August 5pm to 7pm 

Topic: War crimes, National Security and digital defence

Students will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Assess the impact of International Law on National Security 
  • Consider leadership liability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture. 
  • Consider digital defence solutions in a range of contexts including border protection and surveillance, humanitarian assistance and seaborne trade security 

Trimester 3 Intensive Dates: to be advised

Topic: International Terrorism with a focus on Legal frameworks and criminal justice responses.

Students will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Assess the important role which respect for the Rule of Law and fundamental human rights play in effective counter-terrorism 
  • Understand definitions, extraterritorial and universal jurisdiction and domestic legal frameworks. 
  • Consider victim rights, to include human trafficking and compulsion of foreign fighters. 
  • Analyse fair trial rights for accused persons, to include evidence of radicalisation and sentencing. 

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This unit, on Contemporary International Legal Challenges, is explicitly intended to extend skills and knowledge, developed in core subjects studied in the law curriculum, by exploring key contemporary issues in a selected area of law. This is done with a lens provided by an externally recognised expert in the field. The unit will focus on a specialist area while simultaneously investigating the wider implications for other areas. Students will analyse specific legal issues and controversies within the selected area, taking into account social attitudes, institutional practices, relevant laws and legal processes. (The specialist area that forms the subject of this unit will vary bi-annually. Specific details will be identified by DLS and notified to students as these become known and prior to enrolment being made available). The essential focus of the unit will be to reflect on issues of legal principle relating to specific emerging issues and controversies and to develop forward-thinking strategies and solutions to address emerging law and public policy issues.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: completion and submission of the 3-minute video recording

Unit Fee Information

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