Principles of Public International Law

Module code: M5045
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

Principles of Public International Law aims to provide a grounding in the basic concepts and general principles of international law as well as enabling students to cast a critical eye on how these apply in situations around the globe. Students will be encouraged to examine the legal basis of international law, as well as important foundational aspects such as the sources of the law, the actors within public international law, the relationship between international law and national law, and how disputes are resolved.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the main principles of public international law and how international law fits within traditional understandings of the nature of law.
  • Critically analyse principles of international law and their application in international disputes and to identify difficulties and benefits arising out of the international legal system.
  • Demonstrate an ability to initiate and undertake research in the field of international law.