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Public International Law: Capita Selecta I


It is assumed that all students already have a good working knowledge of public international law. On this assumption, the purpose of this course is two-fold: first, to refresh knowledge of public international law, its general principles and key doctrines; second, to focus attention upon recent developments and topical issues affecting these general principles. Themes discussed may include: the history and function of international law, sources, statehood, international responsibility, treatment of aliens, jurisdiction and immunities, human rights, UN system and targeted sanctions, use of force and international terrorism, environmental and cyber security.

  • Malcolm Shaw, International Law

  • C. Henderson, The Use of Force and International Law

Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.