International Law

Module code: LLBP 3037

Module description

International Law regulates the conduct of states and other entities recognised as having international personality, such as international organisations. The module investigates the way in which rules of international law come into existence and how they are applied and enforced. The module provides an introduction to the general principles of public international law and focuses on the following particular topics:

  • The Development and Nature of International Law
  • The Sources of International Law
  • The Subjects of International Law
  • Treaty Making
  • Territorial Sovereignty
  • Jurisdiction
  • Immunities from Jurisdiction
  • State Responsibility
  • Use of Force
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Peaceful Settlement of Disputes

Students are assessed primarily by means of an extended essay on a topic of their choosing. This enables students to focus on a particular topic of substantive international law of interest to them.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Seminars: 48 hours


  • Presentation: 10%
  • Unseen test: 40%
  • Mini-project: 50%

Additional costs: #DMUGlobal (not compulsary) and purchase of books

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