Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3024: Public International Law
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Chris O'Meara ()
|Available via distance learning|
Public international law regulates relationships among and between States, international organisations and non-State actors at the international level and across borders. The international legal order is shaped by international politics and social values as well as by shifts in geopolitical powers. The discussions on this course intend to follow the latest developments in international affairs as these provide the contemporary context to the study of international law.
During the study of this course, you will first explore the fundamentals: 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, such as the use of force and regulation of armed conflicts, the law of the sea, international criminal justice, the protection of human rights, cyber, and outer space.
Studying international law is vital for anyone who may be considering working for international organisations and institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, responding to humanitarian, environmental and other global challenges.