Introduction to Public International Law

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Mandatory
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
II
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Academic Program: 
Master of Arts in Human Rights
Instructor(s): 
Charlotte Steinorth

The course introduces students who have not previously studied law to the principles and institutions that govern public international law. We begin by looking at the nature of the contemporary legal order and its participants, before considering how international law is made and how it is applied. Topics covered include the nature of international law, the sources of international law, the law of state responsibility, the legal rules governing the use of force, and the peaceful settlement of disputes. The course aims to familiarize students with international law’s key concepts and to invite reflection on the role of law in global affairs.
Assessment will be by way of class participation (10%) and written examination (90%).