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LAW3017 : Public International Law (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


- To acquire knowledge and understanding of the nature of the international legal system, as well as its function, rules, and procedures.

- To consider contemporary debates on the role and scope of International Law.

- To develop further critical and analytical skills in this area of law.

- To examine selected International Law issues in greater depth, including: nature, sources, and subjects of International Law; jurisdiction and immunities; diplomacy; the United Nations; the law of treaties; the international system for the peaceful settlement of international disputes; the law of the sea; the use of force; and the international responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts.

Original Summary:

This module seeks to provide students with knowledge and understanding of some of the many issues raised by this area of law by examining the law regulating the international relations between States, and between them and other subjects of international law, notably international organisations.

The module will examine the nature, sources, and subjects of International Law, the role, rules and procedures of the United Nations, and the deeper analysis of most relevant issues, including the use of force and the law of the sea.

The module is intended to provide students with a conceptual framework and legal methodology for the analysis of International Law and contemporary debates about its role and scope.

Outline Of Syllabus

Issues examined in this module include:

•       Nature, sources, and subjects of International Law
•       The United Nations
•       Jurisdiction and immunities
•       The law of treaties
•       The international system for the peaceful settlement of international disputes
•       The law of the sea
•       The use of force
•       The international responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be interactive and require advance preparation, as will the seminars. The rationale for this teaching method is to promote analytical, argumentative and critical skills essential for discourse. The learning methods will rely on directed self study for the contact teaching time and independent study for the preparation of assessed coursework which will bring together the knowledge, cognitive, research and the assessed key skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish substantial knowledge in the subject. The examination tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding by applying the skills that need to be developed over the whole module. The examination provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthesise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus.

The assessed coursework will give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their research skills, undertake critical analysis in International Law issues, and present coherent arguments supported by appropriate legal basis, case-law, and literature.

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