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The major objective of this course is to provide the students a substantive knowledge on the foundations, nature and effect of public international law. The course aims to introduce students to the law making process, developments and different cases in contemporary international law.
Introduction to the study of public international law. Historical development and sources of international law. Subjects of international law. Sovereignty and statehood. State responsibility, jurisdiction, and immunities. Non-states and other international entities. Law-making through treaties and other means. International adjudication. The use of force. The mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Describe the principles, sources and foundational concepts in public international law.
2. Demonstrate a firm knowledge of the relationship between domestic law and public international law.
3. Compare and contrast different theoretical and ideological positions in public international law.
4. Discuss contemporary developments in public international law and assess legal implications of current events at the international level.
5. Develop key skills of legal reasoning and argument.