Principles of Public International Law (M5045)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Principles of Public International Law aims to provide a grounding in the basic concepts and general principles of international law, and enable you to cast a critical eye on how these apply in situations globally.

Students will be encouraged to examine the legal basis of international law, as well as important foundational aspects such as:

  • sources of the law
  • actors within public international law
  • the relationship between international law and national law
  • how disputes are resolved.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: