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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Public International Law
Module Code LG120
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Keane
Semester 2: David Keane
Autumn: David Keane
Module TeachersDavid Keane
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this modile is to introduce students to public international law. In this module, students will learn to:- identify the sources, principles and subjects of public international law; understand how public international law and international bodies regulate the behaviour of State and non-State actors; and apply public international law to hypothetical and actual case studies. Students are expected to attend lectures, contribute in tutorials, and to engage in online learning activities on a regular basis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define international law and identify sources of international law
2. Interpret the relationship between international law and international relations
3. Illustrate the application of international law to international relations events
4. Question the role of States and international institutions in the development and application of international law
5. Determine what changes are necessary to improve the effectiveness of international law

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 one hour lectures per week where class discussion is expected
Independent Study98Reading, research and exam preparation
Tutorial33 one hour tutorials during the semester where students explore a number of international law topics
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

International law as 'law'
prescription and enforcement.Development of international law: historical and contemporary influences.Sources of international law: general principles; custom; treaties and Conventions; judicial decisions; academic writers; international organisations; codification of international law.Subjects of International Law: Defining the State; Recognition of States and Governments; The principle of self-determination; Non-State actors; International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Individuals, Groups and Corporate entities. The General Principles of Public International Law: Development and values.Land, Sea, Air and Space: Jurisdiction: Acquisition and Succession.Jurisdiction of the State over natural persons and juridical bodies.State ResponsibilityThe Use of Force and the War on Terror.An introduction to contemporary issues: Human Rights, International Trade, the Environment and International Criminal Law

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Cassese: 2005, International Law, 2nd, Oxford University Press,
  • Shaw: 2008, International Law, 6th, Cambridge University Press,
  • Kaczorowska, Alina: 2010, Public International Law, 4th,
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Date of Last Revision05-OCT-09

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