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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Adam McAuleyOffice NumberC223
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is introduce students to public international law. In this module, students will discover how 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.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define international law and identifiy sources of international law
2. Assess the role of international law in international relations
3. Apply international law to a current, historial, or ficitional international relations event
4. Question the role of States and international institutions in the development and application of international law
5. Devise methods of reforming international rules and the international legal system
6. Judge the importance of international law in regulating relations between States

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hour lecute where class discussion is expected
Independent Study101Reading, research, exam and assignment preparation
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Cassese: 2005, International Law, 2nd, Oxford University Press,
  • Shaw: 2008, International Law, 6th, Cambridge University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MIRMA in International Relations