UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


ESPS0007/8 - Principles of Public International Law

Course value: 30 credits for Term 1 & 2 - ESPS0007; 15 credits for Term1 or 2 - ESPS0008
Convenor: Dr. Alessandro Spano
Duration: Two terms (a one term version of this course is available to affiliate students via module code ESPS0008)
Teaching structure: Two-hour seminar
30 credits version ESPS0007 - Practical Case (1500 words) 30% + Essay (2500 words) 70%
15 credits version ESPS0008 - Essay (3000 words) 100%
Available to: All years and Affiliates
Module level: Intermediate

Course Description:

This course shall provide an introduction to the subject of public international law. It shall address the background, subjects and sources of international law; states and international organizations as subjects of international law; state jurisdiction over individuals, land, water and outer space; state responsibility for violations of international law; state and diplomatic immunities; the system of the United Nations; and lawful use of force. During classes, current affairs will be discussed and analyzed.