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Course Overview

This course in public international law has a focus on human rights. It aims to familiarise students with some major issues of international law. Topics include; sources of public international law, the subjects of international law, State jurisdiction, State immunities, dispute resolution and State responsibility, the UN system and use of force. On human rights, it is intended to offer insights into the dynamics of development of international human rights law. It seeks to shed light on how the forces of globalisation and global civil society activism shape the conditions under which human rights law can be created and maintained.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mátyás Bodig

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of MSc Strategic Studies and International Law (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies and Management (Studied) or MSc International Relations and International Law (Studied) or Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied) or Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate 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

The sources of public international law; The subjects of international law; State jurisdiction; State immunities; Dispute resolution; State responsibility; The UN system and the use of force. Seminar topics: International law, human rights, and international relations; The human rights movement and global civil society; Human rights activism in action: the right to health; Human rights and political philosophy; Economic globalisation, development and human rights; A case study: international human rights and the oil industry; Human rights and humanitarian intervention

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc International Relations and International Law
  • MSc Strategic Studies and International Law

Contact Teaching Time

16 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three hour written examination (70 %) and continuous assessment (3.000 word essay) (30 %)

Resit: 1 three hour written examination (70 %) [the essay mark carried over for 30 %]

Formative Assessment




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