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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.
Last updated: 11 February 2021