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Taught by a team of international experts from numerous continents, our International Law units are suited to both the current law practitioner and those pursuing a career in government, non-government and private institutions where international law is present.

All of the following short courses are part of the UWA Law Masters program and participants study alongside those engaged in a full degree program.

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Foundations of Public International Law

This short course provides participants with

  • an understanding of the sources of public international law and the distinctive features of international legal reasoning;
  • an overview of the historical, political and cultural context of international law; and
  • an ability to analyse questions of public international law and to evaluate arguments concerning public international law.

Dates: 30th July to 1st August 2018
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Heritage Governance: from Global to Local

This short course examines the background to, and concept of, heritage governance as well as the legal mechanisms, at various levels, used in heritage conservation.

Focus is on the major international treaties for the conservation of world heritage, underwater cultural heritage, movable heritage, intangible heritage and cultural expression. The translation of those legal obligations into local and national practice is then examined through case studies used to illustrate the challenges to effective implementation in different national contexts.

Dates: 16th to 18th July 2018
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International Criminal Law

The short course examines key issues relating to international criminal law, enabling participants to examine the historical and theoretical developments, sources, fundamental principles and objectives of international criminal law as well as the main characteristics of international crimes (such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes).

Dates: 23rd to 24th and 26th and 27th April 2018
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International Humanitarian Law

This short course explores the development and operation of international humanitarian law, which is the body of public international law that regulates conduct during armed conflict. Key issues examine include historical and theoretical developments, sources, fundamental principles and objectives of the rules governing both international and internal armed conflicts.

Topics include:

  • the constraints on means and methods of warfare;
  • the protection of civilians and prisoners of war;
  • means of enforcement of international humanitarian law, including criminal prosecution and 
  • the relationship of the laws of armed conflict with international human rights law and national law.

Dates: 3-6 April 2018
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International Human Rights

This short course examines key principles, institutions, organisations, treaties and cases of international human rights law. The development of international human rights law and its historical, political and cultural context is explored, along with debates concerning the theoretical justification for the protection of human rights. Institutional frameworks and procedures for development, interpretation and enforcement are examined. Selected substantive issues of human rights are included as a means of exploring the role of laws, state and non-state actors and methods of implementation and enforcement of human rights in the international sphere, through both global and regional instruments and institutions.

Dates: 1st to 2nd and 8th to 9th February 2018
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Law of the Sea

This short course explores the public international law framework for the law of the sea and the regulatory regimes for the main uses of the oceans. The principle treaty examined is the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  Specific areas covered include the law governing different maritime zones, determination of baselines, and settlement of disputes. In addition, other modules cover the protection and exploitation of living and non-living marine resources as well as marine pollution law.

Dates: 4 - 5 and 11 - 12 October 2018
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