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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: Lectures: Tuesday 11 September until 27 November from 10:00-13:00 hrs at Campus The Hague, room Bezuidenhout (18 September in C006, KOG). Working groups: Friday 12 October, 10:00-12:00/12:00-14:00 hrs, Wednesday 24 October 09:00-11:00/11:00-13:00 hrs C006, KOG and Friday 16 November 10:00-12:00/12:00-14:00 hrs, C006, KOG.

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