This International Law course from The University of Edinburgh provides students with an introductory overview of international law as an academic discipline. The course explores public international law, which regulates relations between various actors including states and international organisations.
Students will learn about essential concepts such as the nature of international law, its sources, the law of treaties, its relationship with national laws, and its subjects. In addition, the course will critically assess the effectiveness of international law and offer legal reflections on issues such as the role of international institutions (particularly the United Nations) and the use of force in international relations.
The first part of the course will provide students with foundational knowledge of the main concepts of public international law, including its definition, its nature, the relevant sources, who is subject to it, and its relationship with domestic laws.
The second part will focus on the role of international institutions, including the UN system and its effectiveness in countering challenges of public international law. Students will reflect on the involvement of the UN in particular case studies.
In the third part, students will learn about the general legal framework of the use of force. The use of force will be taught in the context of jus ad bellum and jus in bello. Students will be encouraged to offer independent thought on recent select examples of the use of force.
The fourth part will provide students with an overview of other areas of international law, such as the law of the sea, technology, international environmental law, and international criminal law.
By the end of the course, students should have developed a good understanding of the fundamentals of public international law and be familiar with basic international legal concepts.
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify and define the main concepts of international law including its nature, sources and subjects, statehood, as well as its relationship with national law;
- demonstrate knowledge of the international legal regime governing the use of force;
- analyse current issues, such as examples of the use of force, from a legal perspective;
- critically assess the effectiveness of international rules and institutions, including the United Nations;
- show awareness of selected areas of international law, such as the law of the sea, environmental law, and international criminal law.
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- Week one: An introductory overview of Public International Law
- Week two: Challenges to the institutions of International Law: The role of the United Nations
- Week three: Use of force: Jus ad bellum and jus in bello
- Week four: Selected developed areas of International Law
- 1 months
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20 SCQF/10 ECTS/4 US
DisciplinesEuropean Law International Law Legal Studies View 39 other Short Courses in Legal Studies in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above
- Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above
International3388 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3388 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
National3388 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3388 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
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