|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework Level 5|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is available only to students who are Members of Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL) and are committed to a position involving a substantial intellectual contribution to MJIL during the enrolled semester. The nature of the 'substantial intellectual contribution' required of students will vary depending on the nature of their work with MJIL. It will typically involve, at a minimum, taking responsibility for the sub-editing of material accepted for publication, such editing to be typically done in respect of at least one lengthy article (in excess of 10,000 words in length) or multiple shorter articles (each under 10,000 words in length). The contribution of students holding Editorial positions may be in the form of strategic editorial control and decision making.
Making a 'substantial intellectual contribution' is a hurdle requirement for the subject, which permits students to provide evidence of what the student has learnt about the nature of international legal research from undertaking their tasks within MJIL. This evidence takes the form of the writing tasks specified below, requiring engagement with international legal scholarship as well as critical reflection on work undertaken.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- Write in a style suitable for a university international law journal publication;
- State an informed and well-reasoned personal perspective or position relative to a discrete area of international legal research published in the journal;
- Discuss and analyse the broad state of the research field relevant to the journal, and identify where their personal views and approaches are placed relative to that body of research;
- Perceive the diversity of what classifies as international legal research, including its underlying philosophies and approaches; and
- Identify trends in international legal research, including what drivers may influence those trends.
Upon completion of the subject, students will have developed the following skills:
- Analysis of the nature and quality of international legal research, including an ability to:
- Read legal research in a critical and informed manner;
- Critically engage with new ideas;
- Understand and apply ethics in academia;
- Situate a particular piece of legal research within a broader body of international legal scholarship and within a particular style or approach; and
- Develop and express a well-reasoned and comprehensive personal position on legal research.
- Legal writing skills, including an ability to:
- Use and synthesise legal research;
- Convey a coherent and critical appraisal of legal research; and
- Edit complex pieces which offer comprehensible analysis of international legal research.
Eligibility and requirements
Only approved applicants can enrol into this subject. Enrolment requires the permission of the Subject Coordinator.
To obtain such permission, the student must undertake in writing to the Subject Coordinator to make a substantial intellectual contribution to the Melbourne Journal of International Law during the semester that the student is enrolled in the subject.
Successful completion of all the below subjects:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50023||Legal Method and Reasoning||
|LAWS50024||Principles of Public Law||
Students who have completed the below subject are not permitted to take LAWS50060 Melbourne Journal of International Law:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50058||Melbourne University Law Review||
Recommended background knowledge
Prior knowledge of international law is recommended.
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Hurdle Requirement: A reflective work-log (1,000 words) submitted to the Subject Coordinator specifying in outline the substantial intellectual contribution made to MJIL in the enrolled semester and reflecting on the broad state of the research field relevant to MJIL and other subject objectives in light of the work undertaken. Marking code 2 applies: work judged grossly in excess of any word limit will incur a marking penalty.
- An independent research paper of 5,000 words (100% *). The work must be on a research question (developed by the student in consultation with the subject coordinator and/or discipline expert) and in a genre that make it suitable for publication in the MJIL. Marking code 3 applies: The word limit will be regarded as recommended rather than compulsory and no student will be disadvantaged by exceeding the limit.
*In place of the independent research paper, students holding the position of Editor may choose to complete a 5,000 word paper that critically analyses and reflects on editorial choices made and challenges faced in the process of editing the volume(s) with which they were involved. Marking code 2 applies: work judged grossly in excess of any word limit will incur a marking penalty.
The due date of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.
Dates & times
- Summer Term
Principal coordinator John Tobin Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - ad hoc consultations with the Subject Coordinator only Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 16 February 2018 Last self-enrol date 11 January 2018 Census date 12 January 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 9 February 2018 Assessment period ends 24 February 2018
Summer Term contact information
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator John Tobin Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - ad hoc consultations with the Subject Coordinator only Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018 Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018 Census date 31 March 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018 Assessment period ends 22 June 2018
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator John Tobin Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - ad hoc consultations with the Subject Coordinator only Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018 Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018 Census date 31 August 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 21 September 2018 Assessment period ends 16 November 2018
Semester 2 contact information
Additional delivery details
Please refer to the JD Electives page for confirmation if places are still available in this subject.
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Juris Doctor