This is an introductory module in public international law. It builds on the traditional theories and concepts of public international law, but also addresses new institutions and other structural and theoretical developments. The first part of the module will examine the sources of international law and the major theoretical and legal underpinnings of international law and its institutions. Other aspects of international law examined will include the notion of jurisdiction, statehood (including its acquisition and the notion of recognition in international law), the concept of self-determination, immunities of state officials and diplomatic staff, and state responsibility.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of the module are
To make students think about the sources of public international law in customary international law (its common law), treaty law (its statutes), and judicial decisions
To analyse the structure of public international law, as well as its principles, theories and concepts, and recent developments in the law
To develop the critical reasoning, analytical writing and oral argumentation skills appropriate to this sui generis system of law