Module Details

LW219-6-SP-CO: Selected Issues In Public International Law

Year: 2016/17
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre- or co-requisites: LW218

Supervisor: Professor Karen Hulme
Teaching Staff: Professor Karen Hulme, Dr Thoko Kaime
Contact details: Law General Office, 01206872529,

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module follows on from the introductory module in public international law and builds on the students international law knowledge and understanding in key areas: international human rights, international environmental law, the law of the sea, the peaceful settlement of disputes and the use of force. These are key topics in international law that set the foundations for how states behave with regards to their own populations, environment and territory, as well as towards each other.
The aims of the module are:
To encourage students to analyse, evaluate and critique the system of international law in the listed topics and developments in those areas of law
To analyse the structure and work of the international institutions within the United Nations system in the topic areas listed
To develop the critical reasoning, analytical writing and oral argumentation skills appropriate to this sui generis system of law

Learning and Teaching Methods

By the end of the module students will be able to
Discuss and critically analyse the system of public international law in the key areas of law taught
Explain, apply and evaluate the rules governing law of the sea, environmental law, international human rights law and use of force
Critically evaluate the sources of international law in these areas of law
Apply the relevant principles and rules of public international law to specific cases
Improve communication skills through class discussion, research skills and written skills of precise legal application


100 per cent Exam Mark

Exam Duration and Period

2:15 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Week by week module syllabus
1. Law of the sea
2. Law of the sea
3. Law of the sea
4. International environmental law
5. International environmental law
6. Human rights
7. Human rights
8. Peaceful settlement of disputes and the use of force
9. Use of force
10. Use of force


  • David (D.J.) Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law, London: Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell (7th ed., 2010
  • Antonio Cassese, International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Peter Malanczuk, Akehursts Modern Introduction To International Law, Routledge, 1997
  • Rebecca Wallace, International Law, Sweet & Maxwell, 2009
  • Malcolm N Shaw, International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Ian Brownlie, Principles Of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Dixon, McCorquodale and Williams, Cases and Materials on International Law, Oxford University Press, 2011

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