International Law

Module code: LW3280

Module co-ordinator: Katja Ziegler

Module Outline

What are the obligations of states in regard to other states and individuals in international law? What are states’ obligations to protect human rights, prevent pollution of the environment and to combat international terrorism? What is the legal status of the oceans, Antarctica and outer space? Under which circumstances may states use military force against other states or individuals in other states? How is international law ‘made’ and enforced? What role does the United Nations have in preventing and resolving international disputes and maintaining international peace and security? How are rules prohibiting serious crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity enforced in international and national courts? This module demonstrates the everyday importance of international law and its fast increasing relevance also within the English legal order and national courts.


  • 40 one-hour lectures
  • 8 one-hour seminars


  • Exam, 3 hours (75%)
  • Essay, 3,500 words (25%)