LAWPUBL 402 - Public International Law

Credit points: 20 points
Offered: First Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 4 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Foster
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

This course teaches the basics of international law. The course begins with an overview of international law, demonstrating how international law governs relations between States in an extraordinarily diverse range of fields. You will become familiar with the sources of international law, the law of treaties, and the subjects of personality, jurisdiction and responsibility in international law. We then examine the role of international courts and tribunals, and move on to consider sanctions in international law and the law on the use of force (studied with reference to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria). Understanding international law is increasingly foundational to an education in law in today’s transnational world. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the rules and skills of public international law that will be important for you as a member of the legal profession, essential for advanced research or a career in this field, and helpful if you plan to study more advanced international law electives.

Content outline

Overview, Sources, Treaties, Personality, Jurisdiction, Responsibility, International Courts and Tribunals, Sanctions, Use of Force


1 hour test (25%)

2 hour open-book exam (75%)

Both the test and the final exam are open book. This means that you may, if you wish, bring into the test and exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.

Recommended text

Jan Klabbers International Law  (6th ed, Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Malcolm Shaw International Law  (6th ed, Cambridge University Press, 2008)