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Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr Alex Mills
Other Teachers:
To be determined
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 10 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, SIL students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: International Law
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for LLM students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
Module Overview

Module summary

This module provides an overview and analysis of the core principles which serve as the foundations of international law. It does not require previous knowledge of international law, but will also examine the material in more depth and with a more critical and theoretical perspective than undergraduate treatments. It may be of particular interest to students taking one or more of the specialist modules in international law who have not studied international law before, or to any student who would like to refresh or develop further their understanding of international law’s core principles

Module syllabus

Topics covered in this module will include:

  • Historical perspectives
  • Sources
  • Actors and personality
  • Statehood and sovereignty
  • Jurisdiction
  • Immunities
  • Responsibility
  • Fragmentation and constitutionalisation

Recommended materials

There is no set book for the module. Reading will include chapters from a number of the leading texts, including:

  • Crawford, J, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (OUP, 8th edn, 2012)
  • Crawford, J, and Koskenniemi, M, The Cambridge Companion to International Law (CUP, 2012)
  • Evans, M (ed.), International Law (OUP, 3rd edn, 2010)
  • Shaw, M, International Law (CUP, 6th edn, 2008)

Preliminary reading

Students who have not previously studied public international law, or those who wish to refresh their memories on the subject, may wish to read:

  • Dixon, M, Textbook on International Law (OUP, 6th edn, 2007)
  • Lowe, V, International Law (OUP, 2007)
Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


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