Module leader: Professor Robert Cryer
In an increasingly globalised world, there are fewer and fewer areas of law and practice that do not involve some form of international law. This course introduces candidates to the basic nature, structure, legal sources and concepts of international law, alongside a selection of its basic rules.
International law has antecedents that predate the Common Era, but the modern, State-based international order is slightly more recent, dating from 1648. Nonetheless, there have been large changes in global order in the last century, with, for example the creation of the United Nations and the emergence of individuals and multinational corporations as international actors.
Topics studied include:
- International Law and International Society;
- The Sources of International Law
- Hierarchy of International Rules
- International Legal Personality: States
- International Legal Personality: Individuals and International Organisations
- International Law and Domestic Law
- The Law of Treaties
- State Responsibility
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
- The United Nations and its Organs
- Use of Force