Prospectus

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Introduction to Public International Law

Course 2010-2011

Admission requirements

None

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 specialised 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; United Nations
  • Law of treaties
  • State responsibility; dispute settlement
  • Jurisdiction and immunities
  • Peace and security
  • Human rights law; international criminal law; terrorism
  • International economic law
  • International environmental law and sustainable development

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 specialised courses on Public International Law.

Timetable

See: http://www.leidenuniv.nl/rechten/osi/wg/ .

Mode of instruction

Seminars

  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Two 2-hour seminars per week during 5 weeks
  • Names of instructors: Mr. Dr. Erik V. Koppe and guest lecturers
  • Required preparation by students: Study the assigned literature from the textbook, treaty texts and/or case law.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam.

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

Blackboard is used for information on the schedule etc. Additional materials are made available through Blackboard.

More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”: http://blackboard.leidenuniv.nl/.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Literature:

  • A. Aust, Handbook of International Law, CUP, Cambridge, 2010
  • Blackstone’s International Law Documents, Ninth Edition, Edited by Malcolm D. Evans, OUP 2009
  • Additional mandatory reading materials will be provided on Blackboard

Course information guide:

  • None

Reader:

  • None

Recommended course materials:

  • None

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 45 students.

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

Contractonderwijs

Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van Contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), vinden hier meer informatie over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc.