Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3024: Public International Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Public international law regulates relationships among and between the states, international organisations and non-state actors at the international level and across the borders. International order and international law is shaped by international politics and social values as well as by shifts in geopolitical powers – the discussions on this course aim to follow the latest developments in international affairs that provide a context to study of international law.

During the study of this course, you will first explore the fundamental basics: the theories, institutions and processes, of this system of law including its sources, jurisdiction, mechanisms for dispute settlement and state responsibility. You will then focus on substantive issues affecting the regulation of activities in the international context including the use of force and regulation of armed conflicts, terrorism and counter-terrorism laws, international criminal justice and the protection of human rights as well as emerging issues concerning activities in cyber and outer space. The latter part of the course draws on the lecturers’ own current research and professional experience, which makes it truly a research-inspired course.

Studying international law is not only vital for those wishing to take part in the Jessup Mooting Competition but anyone who may be considering working for international organisations and institutions, both governmental and non-governmental responding to humanitarian, environmental and other global challenges.  

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