LAWS324-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Principles of Public International Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


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).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course candidates should be able to:
  •  Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of public international law;
  •  Critically analyse and evaluate public international law within a social, political and theoretical context;
  •  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;
  •  Undertake research in the field of public international law.

    It should be noted that this course is designed to provide a foundation for further study in the field of public international law and to facilitate candidates seeking to undertake independent research in areas of public international law.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110


LAWS342, LAWS375 (prior to 2006)


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Karen Scott


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 01 May 2017 50% Essay
Final Examination 50%

The assessment may be by way of an essay and an exam.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

M Evans; International Law ; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2014.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* 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 Faculty of Law .

All LAWS324 Occurrences

  • LAWS324-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017