The course provides a basic introduction to the study of Public International Law in a practical way. It looks at the application of international law rules in international affairs and particularly recent incidents.
Topics are presented and discussed in seminar sessions. One-to-one tutorials also develop ideas and understanding. Background reading is required during the course from a variety of sources.
The topics to be covered are:
First two-week course:
An introduction to international law
United Nation System
The Subjects of International Law – States and Statehood
At the end of the 2-week course, the students will discuss the current problems relating to the topic covered during the course – Disputes related to the Statehood in case of Kosovo, Palestine and/or Crimea.
Second two-week course:
Sources of International Law
International Courts and Tribunals, especially International Court of Justice
Territory, especially the modes of acquisition of territory
At the end of the 2 week course, the students will discuss the current problems relating to the topic covered during the course – Dispute between Peoples Republic of China and Japan regarding the sovereignty over islands on the East China Sea.
Suggested pre-summer reading Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (8th Edition) by James Crawford SC, AC, FBA (Oxford University Press)
Further reading will be provided by the tutor during the course.