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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

International Law 1: Foundation

Course Code:
15PFFH008
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 1

International Law 1 is an introductory lecture-based course, which is suitable for students with no legal background. Its objective is to impart a thorough understanding of the sources, doctrines and institutions of international law and provide students with the knowledge and skills to deal confidently with international legal issues.

The course covers the following topics:  

  • The history, nature and sources of public international law
  • International personality including statehood and recognition
  • Jurisdiction and immunities
  • State responsibility
  • Legal research and writing skills

This course is available to all CISD students. The time of the lecture will rotate on a yearly basis: In 2014/15, lectures will take place at 1pm; in the 2015/16 session lectures will take place at 6pm.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • To provide a working knowledge of the sources, doctrines and institutions of public international law
  • To develop skills in analysing primary and secondary international law materials and in constructing legal argument
  • To develop legal research skills
  • To develop oral communication and team-work skills through participation in legal debates

Workload

The course will be taught over 10 weeks with one 90 minute lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

Method of assessment

  • Case note; Unassessed
  • Diagnostic class exam; Unassessed
  • Assessment one (3000 words); 50%
  • Unseen written examination; 50%

Suggested reading

  • M. Evans (ed.), 3rd edn International Law, (2010)
  • D. Kennedy, The Dark Side of Virtue (2004)
  • M. Koskenniemi, The Gentle Civiliser of Nations (2001)