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Course Overview

The course aims to systematically and critically introduce the foundations of Public International Law (PIL). The history, nature, legal personality, statehood and recognition, sources, the law of treaties and how PIL interacts with domestic law are considered in-depth. These are followed by topics such as jurisdiction, sovereignty, the role of the United Nations, the law of state responsibility and peaceful settlement of disputes between states. Areas such the use of force and self-defence are covered to enable students to understand why and how international law regulates the behaviour of its actors with respect to some specific subject areas.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Zeray Yihdego

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the international legal system, particularly sources of public international law, the subjects of international law, state jurisdiction and sovereignty, the law of treaties, the relationship of municipal and international law in the UK, the United Nations, and the use of force.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Assessment: 1 two hour examination (80%) and a summative assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

Group discussion on MyAberdeen will be arranged which will be monitored by tutors and accompanied by appropriate feedback.


Feedback is provided on an ongoing basis by tutors on the student's contributions in tutorials.

Students who fail their assessment in the first sitting may seek feedback thereon in advance of the resit diet.

Course Learning Outcomes


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