University of Technology Sydney

76025 International Organisations

Requisite(s): ( 70108 Public International Law OR (70110 Introduction to Law AND (70108 Public International Law OR 76110 Introduction to Public International Law)))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 78206 International Organisations AND 78207 International Organisations


The proliferation of international organisations (IOs) over the course of the 20th century and at the turn of the new millennium has resulted in increased sites of international law-making, inter-state cooperation and global governance. IOs now exercise far-reaching powers across a variety of subjects: from promoting international peace and security to regulating trade and investment; and from prosecuting international crimes to providing technical assistance to states in the Global South. This subject explores the place of IOs in the contemporary international legal order. In this subject, students develop a complex understanding of the law of IOs, including their: legal status and powers; membership and internal governance structures; privileges and immunities; and dispute settlement procedures. Students also analyse the creation and evolution of IOs in their historical, legal and political contexts.

This subject combines theoretical, doctrinal and practical approaches to understanding the law of IOs. Students become familiar with the key theories and current debates concerning the powers, functions and responsibilities of IOs. Students apply their understanding of the law of IOs to complex contemporary problems and controversies facing IOs at the start of the 21st century. Students investigate and critically evaluate IOs as key actors and sites of law-making in the contemporary international legal order.

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