University of Technology Sydney

78206 International Organisations

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 76025 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; 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, their membership and internal governance structures, their privileges and immunities, and their 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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