Introduction to Public International Law

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Mandatory
CEU credits: 
2
ECTS credits: 
4
Module: 
I
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Academic Program: 
Master of Laws in Human Rights
Instructor(s): 
Charlotte Steinorth

The course provides an introduction to the concepts and principles that define contemporary public international law. The course will begin by looking at the nature and function of international law, how it is made and who its subjects are. We will then consider how international law regulates the reach of State power, what happens when a State breaches its international obligations and examine the prohibition on the use of force and the duty to settle disputes peacefully. Upon completion of the course participants will have a sound understanding of how international law is applied in modern international society and be able to identify key legal aspects of current international developments.
Assessment will be by way of class participation (20%), a short assignment (20 %) and a written examination (60%).