Current Trends in International Law

Module code: LW7042
Module co-ordinator: Vidya Kumar

Module outline

This module highlights some of the more current issues, developments and debates in public international law. It complements the General Principles of International Law course by allowing a more detailed analysis of specific and current issues of international law. Topics of this module are selected each year according to their current relevance and are closely linked to current debates and research conducted by faculty members in the field of international law. Topics in the past have covered a wide variety of issues of current debate in international law, for example, concerning the use of force (such as targeted killings and the use of drones), the UN security system and regional organisations, human rights (such as targeted sanctions against suspected terrorists and the rule of law; the ex-territorial application of human rights; the death penalty under international law; and children’s rights and climate change), aspects of international criminal law (such as the crime of aggression; the role of the International Criminal Court and arrest warrants against heads of states).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Seminars, Private study and Blackboard VLE.

Assessment methods

Research paper (not exceeding 4,000 words including footnotes) and reflective log.


  • Compulsory module for LLM in Public International Law.
  • For visiting students - previous knowledge of international law required.