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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title Principles of Public International Law
Module Code LG526
School School of Law & Government

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Adam McAuleyOffice NumberC223
Level 5 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce students to public international law. To examine the development and increasing influence of public international law. To identify the sources, principles and subjects of public international law. To understand how public international law and international bodies regulate the behaviour of State and non-State actors. To identify the challenges for public international law. To apply public international law to hypothetical and actual case studies.

Learning Outcomes
An understanding of the principles of public international law. An understanding of how State and non-State actors use or abuse public international law. An appreciation of the relationship between public international law and international relations.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Independent Learning Time 51

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
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 Responsibility. The Use of Force and the War on Terror. An introduction to contemporary issues: Human Rights, International Trade, the Environment and International Criminal Law.
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Indicative Reading List
Cassese, Antonio International Law 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004. Evans, Malcolm (Editor) International law Oxford University Press, 2003. Shaw, Malcolm, International Law 5th Edition Cambridge University Press, 2003. Brownlie, Ian Principles of Public International Law 6th Edition, Oxford University Press 2003
Programme or List of Programmes
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
MIRMA in International Relations