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Introduction to Public International Law

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

  • Background in law
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 6.5 or higher)

Preferably students are familiar with the basics of international or European law.

Description

The course aims at providing (international) students with a basic knowledge of the various aspects of Public International Law. These topics include, among others, sources of international law; subjects of international law; state responsibility; jurisdiction and immunities; international adjudication; and the use of force.

This introductory course will provide students with enough knowledge to enable them to participate actively in other, more specialized courses on Public International Law. The course is designed for exchange and Study Abroad students.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
The course aims at providing (international) students with a basic knowledge of the various aspects of Public International Law.
The following topics will be studied during this course:

  • Introduction; sources; subjects
  • The law of treaties; the law of state responsibility
  • The law of peace and security
  • Jurisdiction and immunities
  • Human rights and international environmental law

Achievement levels:
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
This introductory course will provide students with enough knowledge to enable them to participate actively in other, more specialized
courses on Public International Law.

Timetable

The timetable of this course can be found in uSis and on Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Lectures

  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: five 2-hour lectures during 5 weeks
  • Names of lecturers: Dr. Erik V. Koppe and guest lecturers
  • Required preparation by students: Study the assigned literature from the textbook and the prescribed case law in light of the relevant (and prescribed) treaty texts and documents..

Seminars

  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: five 2-hour working groups during 5 weeks
  • Names of lecturers: Dr. Erik V. Koppe and guest lecturers
  • Required preparation by students: Study the assigned literature from the textbook and the prescribed case law in light of the relevant (and prescribed) treaty texts and documents..

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam and optional papers.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in class and all other instructions which are part of the course.

Blackboard

More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Literature:

  • To be announced in due time.

Course information guide:

  • Course information and course outline provided on Blackboard.

Registration

Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Mr. Dr. Erik V. Koppe
  • Work address: KOG, room B1.21
  • Contact information: By appointment through email
  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7578
  • E-mail: e.h.uiterweerd@law.leidenuniv.nl

Institution/division

  • Institution: Public Law
  • Division: Public International Law
  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room B1.21
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00
  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7578
  • E-mail: volkenrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl

Remarks

This course is designed for exchange and Study Abroad students and is offered in a concise manner so that students can participate in the whole course. Class attendance is mandatory. In order to take the exam, a student must have attended 80% of the classes. The course is open up to a maximum of 50 students.

Due to its introductory and general character, it is not possible to acquire more credits for the course by writing an additional paper.