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Public International Law: Capita Selecta


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 the main chapters of public international law, its general principles and key doctrines; secondly, to focus attention upon recent developments and topical issues affecting these general principles. Themes discussed are: the history and function of international law, sources, statehood, territorial and maritime delimitation, international responsibility, treatment of aliens, jurisdiction and immunities, human rights and IHL, UN system and targeted sanctions, use of force and international terrorism and fragmentation and the proliferation of international courts.

Course dates:

  • 6 September 13:00-16:00 KOG, C006 (Leiden)

  • 13 September 12:00-15:00 SH (The Hague)

  • 20 September 10:00-13:00 SH

  • 27 September 12:00-15:00 SH

  • 4 October 12:00-15:00 SH

  • 11 October 10:00-13:00 SH

  • 18 October 10:00-13:00 SH

  • 25 October 10:00-13:00 SH

  • 1 November 10:00-13:00 KOG, B017

  • 8 November 14:00-17:00 SH

  • 15 November 14:00-17:00 SH
    Written examination on Tuesday 29 November 10:00-13:00 SH.

Course materials: Malcolm N. Shaw, International Law, Cambridge University Press, 6th edition