UCL Faculty of Laws


Use of Force in International Law

Module syllabus

This module is subject to change.

  • Theoretical and historical context
  • Relevant areas of international law, including the United Nations Charter, and historical shifts in the global rules and institutional frameworks
  • Intervention and self-determination
  • Self-defence
  • ‘Humanitarian’ intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’
  • UN Security Council action and authorization, both non-forcible and enforcement
  • The ‘War on Terror’
  • Peace operations including international territorial administration
  • Accountability

Recommended materials

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.

Preliminary reading

Students who have not taken any general module in international law before are strongly advised to read a general textbook in advance of commencing the course. Vaughan Lowe, International Law (Oxford UP 2007), is recommended.

All students may wish to look at relevant entries in the Max Plank Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP, available online [subscription or institutional access required] at mpepil.com) and to dip into Christine Gray, International Law and the Use of Force (OUP, 4th edition, 2018).

Key information

Module details
Credit value:22.5 credits (225 learning hours)
Convenor:Ralph Wilde
Other Teachers:None
Teaching Delivery:Teaching for all LLM modules in 2020-21 will be delivered through a combination of pre-recorded and synchronous live teaching.
Who may enrol:LLM Students only
Must not be taken with:None
Qualifying module for:LLM in International Law
Practice Assessment:TBC
Final Assessment:48 Hour take-home examination (100%)