SOAS University of London

School of Law

Public International Law

Module Code:
155200083
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

This module provides an introduction to the main concepts and principles of public international law (PIL) with specific emphasis on their practical impact on the conduct of international affairs. It is structured into three parts. The module focuses on the foundations of Public International Law (subjects, sources, principles and relations between international and domestic law) and prepares students to take specialised modules in public international law. The mdoule highlights the application of public international law and its relevancein relation to Asia, Africa and the Middle East through readings that engage international law outside of the mainstream Western context.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • 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

  • Unseen written exam: 100%

Suggested reading

  • Evans, International Law Documents, most recent edition
  • Jan Klabbers, International Law, 2013
  • Anghie, Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law, 2005.
  • Boyle and Chinkin, The Making of International Law, 2007

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