International Law: Principles and Sources - LW642

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR E Haslam




Cannot be taken if you have previously taken LW506.



The module will examine the role and function of international law in regulating relations between States and resolving international disputes. It will introduce students to a number of theoretical frameworks through which to understand and critically evaluate international law historically and in context. It will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the origins and development of international law and of its key concepts, principles and rules. The module will enable students to consider the relevance, or otherwise, of international law to contemporary international problems and to critically assess its limitations and effects.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One hour lecture and one hour seminar weekly.


Autumn term.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of one essay of 3500 words.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate detailed understanding of the origins, development and current debates on the nature of international law;
2. demonstrate in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the international law frameworks and institutions;
3. demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and rules of international law;
4. analyse the relevance or otherwise of international law to particular disputes;
5. demonstrate a critical awareness of historical and contemporary theoretical, legal and political problems in international law;
6. critically evaluate the relationship between international law and social, political and economic contexts.

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