LAWPUBL 402 - International Law

Credit points: 20 points
Offered: First & Second Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 4 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr An Hertogen (S1) / Dr Caroline Foster (S2)
Prerequisites: LAW 211, LAW 231 and LAW 241 or 30 points at Stage II in Global Politics and Human Rights
Restriction: LAW 435

Course description

An introduction to the basic principles and nature of public international law and its role in contemporary society including an overview of the current legal framework, the sources of international law, the law of treaties, issues surrounding international personality, international dispute resolution and the use of force.

Course overview

Course OverviewUnderstanding international law is increasingly foundational to an education in law in today's world of increasing interactions and interdependence between states and between individuals in different states. The course will equip you with a solid grounding in the basic rules and skills of public international law that will be important for you regardless of your chosen career path in law. The course begins by demonstrating how international law governs relations in an extraordinarily diverse range of fields. You will become familiar with the sources of international law, its subjects and actors and the law of state responsibility. We will examine the role of international courts and tribunals, and move on to consider collective security and the law on the use of force with reference to recent events as well as other instances of transboundary harm. The course will conclude with reflections on international law and the role of power.


Semester One:

  • Quizzes (30%)
  • 3 hour open-book exam (70%)

Open-book means that you may, if you wish, bring into the exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.

Semester Two: