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Principles of Public International Law

Course
2020-2021

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course is an introduction to the field of public international law. The course covers major topics in this field, including sources of international law (treaties and customary international law); subjects (States and international organizations); the law of State responsibility; the prohibition on the use of force; and international dispute settlement. The course emphasizes learning how to read and understand international law instruments, such as states multilateral treaties and judgments of the International Court of Justice.

Week 1
Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: Introduction

Week 2
Lecture 1: Sources of International Law
Lecture 2: Sources of International Law

Week 3
Lecture 1: Subjects of International Law
Lecture 2: Subjects of International Law

Week 4
Lecture 1: State Responsibility
Lecture 2: State Responsibility

Week 5
Lecture 1: Prohibition on the Use of Force
Lecture 2: Jurisdiction

Week 6
Lecture 1: Immunities
Lecture 2: Immunities

Week 7
Lecture 1: International Dispute Settlement
Lecture 2: International Human Rights Law

Week 8
Exam

Course Objectives

  • Students will have a basic understanding of major topics in the field of public international law.

  • They will be able to identify the international legal implications of current world events as reported in the media.

  • Students will be able to identify, explain, and discuss relevant international legal rules and the facts and legal reasoning of judgments.

  • Students will also be able to apply and interpret treaty provisions and other legal rules. Students will, in particular, develop the ability to apply legal rules to a given set of facts.

  • This course aims to prepare students for further studies within the Global Justice major at LUC.

Timetable

Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2020-2021 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Classes will consist of both lectures and presentations on and discussions of assigned judgments. Students are required to have read the relevant section of the textbooks (see ‘Literature’ section below), the assigned excerpts from judgments, and any other additional reading.

Assessment Method

Assessment: Short essay
Learning aim: Identifying international legal implications of world events
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Weeks 2

Assessment: Presentation and class participation
Learning aim: Explain and discuss legal rules, concepts, and judgments; describing facts and explaining legal reasoning
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Weeks 1-7

Assessment: Take-home essay/case note
Learning aim: Applying legal rules to novel factual scenarios; developing legal writing skills
Percentage: 30%
Deadline: Weeks 5

Assessment: Final examination
Learning aim: Comprehensive understanding of the course materials
Percentage: 40%
Deadline: Week 8

Reading list

  • Anders Henriksen, International Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2019)

  • T.M.C. Asser Institute (ed), Elementary International Law (T.M.C. Asser Institute (most recent edition))

Registration

Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator, course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

Dr. Jens Iverson, j.m.iverson@law.leidenuniv.nl (Block 1)
Dr. Brian McGarry, b.k.mcgarry@law.leidenuniv.nl (Block 2)
Dr. Dov Jacobs (Block 3, Block 4)

Remarks

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