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School of Law

Public international law

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Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year
Public international law with special reference to Asia and Africa - studies traditional topics of an international law course, such as international personality, jurisdiction, treaties, state responsibility, dispute settlement, and the law of the sea. These are accompanied by an examination of issues of particular concern to Asian and African countries, for example, control of foreign investment and exploitation of economic resources within state territory and in the maritime areas beyond.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the foundational concepts in Public International Law (for example, international sources, the role of sovereignty, the impact of international institutions, jurisdiction, state responsibility)
  • Recount and illustrate particular areas of Public International Law (for example, Human Rights Law, the Laws on the use of Force), especially those areas which pertain to issues in Africa and Asia
  • Compare and appraise the role of different theoretical approaches in understandings of Public International Law
  • Arrange the knowledge in 1-3 into coherent written pieces appropriate to the assessment demands of the course

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 10% (1000 words) and 10% (1000 words)
  • Unseen written exam: 80%