Selected Issues in Public International Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module
LW218 or LW218



Key module for


Module description

This module follows on from the introductory module in public international law and builds on the students' international law knowledge and understanding in key areas, including international human rights, that law of the sea and the peaceful settlement of disputes and the use of force.

These are key topics in international law that set the foundations for how states behave with regards to their own populations and territory, as well as towards each other.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

- To encourage students to analyse, evaluate and critique the system of international law in the listed topics and developments in those areas of law

- To analyse the structure and work of the international institutions within the United Nations system in the topic areas listed

- To develop the critical reasoning, analytical writing and oral argumentation skills appropriate to this sui generis system of law

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to

- Discuss and critically analyse the system of public international law in the key areas of law taught

- Explain, apply and evaluate the rules governing those key issues

- Critically evaluate the sources of international law in these areas of law

- Apply the relevant principles and rules of public international law to specific cases

- Improve communication skills through class discussion, research skills and written skills of precise legal application

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars where students will be expected to read in advance of the class and discuss pre-set questions.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Meagan Wong, Professor Lars Waldorf, Mr Antonio Coco
Law General Office, 01206 873907 lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Isobel Roele
Queen Mary University of London
Lecturer in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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