LLB Public International Law

Student doing researchModule leader: Professor Robert Cryer

Module description:

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
  • Jurisdiction
  • The Law of Treaties
  • State Responsibility
  • Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
  • The United Nations and its Organs
  • Use of Force



The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.