Public International Law

Public International Law

Professor Ben Saul
Spring 2018 course
M, T, W 10:20am - 11:40am
4 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home

Public international law primarily regulates legal relations between countries (‘states’) but also applies in various ways to individuals, corporations and groups (from indigenous peoples to armed groups). This course provides an overview of the classical topics of international law, including its nature as legal system, purposes, scope and limitations; its sources (particularly treaty and custom); statehood and title to territory; legal personality; jurisdiction and immunities; state responsibility for breaches; peaceful settlement of disputes (including the International Court of Justice); and the law on the use of military force and self-defence. Along the way it will touch briefly on some specialised branches of international law, including law of the sea, human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, environmental law, economic law and development, and the law of the United Nations.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law