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, 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.

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.