Public International Law in Current Affairs (M6045)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module addresses aspects of public international law in events that are taking place globally.

Through an analytical and critical lens, you will examine the relevance of public international law in events such as:

  • the conflict in Syria
  • the targeted killing of individuals in Syria and Salisbury
  • legal controversies regarding the Global Migration Compact
  • the principle of self-determination in the Chagos Islands
  • the various policies of the Trump Administration in the US.


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 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: