Alternate Units

LLM Elective units (choose 4 only) 

  • 200948.1 International Banking and Finance Law 
  • 200949.1 International Climate Change Law 
  • 200951.1 International Law of Ocean Governance 
  • 200957.1 Bioethics in Perspective
  • 200958.1 Information and Data Governance Law and Policy
  • 200907.3 International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 200953.1 Human Rights in Practice and Theory
  • 200975.1 International Independent Study Law 1
  • 200976.1 International Independent Study Law 2
  • 200964.1 Principles of International Law

Elective Units Offered in Spring 2016

International Banking and Finance Law (200948.1)

This unit is set in the background of the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. This unit examines the role of financial institutions, financial instruments, financial regulators, and national and international regulatory efforts in a borderless world. Topics covered include: international banking and capital markets, infrastructure of financial markets including the payment and clearance system, derivative instruments (SWAPS, futures, and Options), Asset securitisation, Mutual and Hedge Funds, secured credit, syndicated loans and project financing, and the role of Central Banks and the Bank for International Settlements and the capital adequacy requirements.

Lecturer: Professor Razeen Sappideen (Profile 

International Climate Change Law (200949.1)

This unit examines the current international legal frameworks and discussion of future climate change scenarios. It will explore the legal, political and scientific challenges in addressing and responding to climate change. It will illustrate how international climate change law interacts with national law, including private sector involvement, but its principal focus is not on domestic law regimes. Market and non-market mechanisms such as emission trading systems, carbon taxes, new technologies and renewable energy targets will be examined.

Lecturer: Professor Donna Craig (Profile 

International Law of Ocean Governance (200951.1)

This unit examines the rules regulating the principle uses of the world's oceans. It explores the historical development and   sources of contemporary law of the sea and the adoption of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Legal regimes of various maritime zones including territorial sea and contiguous zone, continental shelf, the exclusive economic zone and the high seas will be studied. Various sources of marine pollution, fisheries, marine scientific research, maritime spatial planning, maritime safety and security, mining of deep sea beds and dispute settlement will also be explored in this unit.

Lecturer: Associate Professor Daud Hassan (Profile)

Bioethics in Perspective (200957.1)

This unit explores a range of ethical and legal issues in public health, biomedical research, biotechnology and medical practice. Topics include: Ethical thinking, Food, water and climate change, genetically engineered (GE) foods, Public and private health provision, Pharmaceuticals, Human and animal experimentation, Medical negligence, Biotechnology/cloning, Abortion/ART/Surrogacy and Euthanasia.

Lecturer: Associate Professor Scott Mann

Information and Data Governance Law and Policy (200958.1)

This Unit will give students an introduction to information protection laws and regulations in cyberspace, the theoretical approaches to information and data governance law

Lecturer: Dr Thilla Rajaretnam (Profile)

International Environmental Law and Policy (200907.3)

This unit provides an overview of international environmental law and policy. It investigates legal and policy measures for managing and protecting the environment in a sustainable manner.

Lecturer: Professor Donna Craig (Profile)

Human Rights in Practice and Theory (200953.1)

This unit examines the global architecture of human rights with a particular emphasis on the role of regional human rights systems. The unit examines various explanations for the theoretical basis of human rights and key concepts such as universalism and relativism. It also explores the practice of human rights in legal and political terms, considering how human rights are developed and implemented in international and domestic human rights systems across the world. . The role of civil society, non-governmental organisations and networks, and middle powers in impacting the politics, law and institutions of human rights protections is examined.

Lecturer: Dr Catherine Renshaw

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