Assessment will be on the basis of a class presentation and a 6,000 word research paper on a topic approved by the instructor.
The class presentation should be a very brief overview of the material assigned for the class and a first attempt to address the questions posed in the reading guide. This is intended to open up discussion. You may distribute printed material but PowerPoint is not to be used. The entire presentation (including all speakers in the case of joint presentations) should last between 15-30 minutes.
Approval of paper topics will be on the basis of a title and one paragraph outline emailed to
. This should explain the question you intend to answer or the argument you will to make, rather than simply denoting a broad area you will survey. The topic must be approved before the mid-semester recess (18 September 2009).
The model for a good paper is a good journal article. Rather than simply surveying a topic, journal articles — if they are to be worth publishing — have a point to make, an argument to assert, a reason why they should be read. Some of the very best papers submitted for this course have subsequently been published. For information on the publication process, see the link available from
You don’t have to produce a publishable paper in order to pass or do well. More basic information on writing law essays is available in Simon Chesterman and Clare Rhoden, Studying Law at University (2nd edn; Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2005), ch 8. This is available in the library and excerpted in the IVLE workbin.
Papers are to be submitted by email to
on the last day of formal instruction (13 November 2009).
Footnotes are not counted in the word limit but should include citations only (rather than additional text). Ten percent either side of the word limit is acceptable (i.e. your paper should be 5,400 words to 6,600 words). Anything outside that range may be penalized.
All papers will be checked for originality using the