76110 Introduction to Public International Law6cp
Requisite(s): 70110 Introduction to Law OR 70211 Contracts
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
International law is a well-established branch of law with a wide scope of application and far-reaching implications for States, individuals and entities. International law differs from other legal systems because of its horizontal nature and its distinct sources and subjects. This horizontal characteristic is based on the fact that States, the primary subjects of international law, are legally equal. It is States that create international law through treaty and custom, the principal sources of rights and obligations. International law can thus be contrasted to domestic legal systems, in which laws created by a central legislature bind natural and legal persons, and where higher courts subordinate lower courts. This subject pays particular attention to the development of law through the machinery of the United Nations in its relationship with States, other international organisations, entities and individuals. Topics explored include: the sources of international law; the relationship of international law to national law; personality and recognition; jurisdiction and immunities; law of treaties; State responsibility; settlement of international disputes; and use of force.
In this first-year core subject, students work individually and in collaboration to review key principles and concepts in class, and develop their reasoning skills. Students refine their legal analysis and writing skills in preparing a case note. Students develop their analytical and written communication skills through the practical application of the rules of public international law to various problems during the teaching session and in the final examination.
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