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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3024: Public International Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or most of the following topics:

General principles of international law:

• Sources
• Subjects
• Legal personality
• Jurisdiction
• State responsibility
• Dispute settlement

Substantive public international law:

• International humanitarian law
• International human rights law
• International criminal law and justice
• Law of the sea
• Regulation of the cyber domain and outer space
• Forced migration

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity4343 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity126 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study155Individual reading, seminar and lecture preparation
Guided independent study90Formative and summative assessments preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • ·ICJ:
  • ·ICC:
  • ·Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
  • ·The International Law Commission:
  • ·Oxford Reports on International Law on campus URL:

off campus URL:

  • ·Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) on campus URL:

off campus URL:

  • ·International law blogs:

-       EJIL: Talk!:

-       Opinio Juris: