1 Admission into MLAWILIR-Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations)
1a Admission into BLAWLPRH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
1b Admission into BLAWLPRGH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry) (Honours)
1c Admission into MLAWILIRA-Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations) [1.5 years]
1d Admission into JD-Juris Doctor
1e Admission into MLAWILIRP-Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations) [1 year]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Topic description
This topic introduces the changes and developments of international relations in Asia-Pacific, especially in the issues of the big powers' relations and the regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific. There will be a particular emphasis on the rise of Chinese power and influence. Furthermore this topic will review the international legal issues arising in the region with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea issues arising from Chinese maritime claims.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • gain a deeper understanding of the reasons of Australia's position in the Asia/Pacific and the challenges this poses for Australian policy makers

  • understand the changing regional and global balance

  • gain an understanding of existing legal regimes and frameworks within international law that apply to the Asia/Pacific
Expected learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this topic will be able to:

  • determine the position Australia occupies in the Asia/Pacific

  • identify policy options arising from Australia's engagement with other countries in the Asia/Pacific, particularly China and Japan

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the international legal issues that have arisen in the Asia Pacific

  • contribute to academic debate over Chinese intentions and the likely outcomes arising from growing Chinese power