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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3024: Public International Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Chris O'Meara (Lecturer)





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 module intend to follow the latest developments in international affairs as these provide the contemporary context to the study of international law.

On the module, 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. 

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.  

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