Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Basic Principles of International Law

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Law

DESCRIPTION The unit is designed to introduce the student to the main principles of international law, thus exposing the student to the broad international framework. Topics of discussion include: the nature and sources of International Law, International Legal Personality, the relationship between international law and municipal law, jurisdiction and immunities from jurisdiction.

Study-unit Aims

1. The study-unit is intended to arm the student with an understanding of the core principles of international law.
2. The student will also be taught the link of international law to the Maltese legal system, in particular.
3. The unit is also aimed at equipping the student with the requisite knowledge to be able to apply the concepts to further specific areas of international law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Identify and analyse (by means of a written assignment) the workings of international law, the role of the State and the role of international law in the global order through a critical appraisal of a selected area of international law.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply the basic principles discussed both in order to demonstrate a working knowledge of the foundations of international law and of interpreting these by means of a written assignment.

- Furthermore, the student will be in a position to apply the knowledge gained to further concepts forming the focus of another study-unit offered in LLBIII.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Textbooks [Available in Law Library]

- I. Brownlie. “Principles of Public International Law”. (7th Ed, OUP, 2008)
- M. N. Shaw. “International Law”. (6th Ed, Cambridge University Press,2008)
- M.D. Evans. "International Law" (3rd, OUP, 2010)

Periodicals [Available at main library / Lexis]

- American Journal of International Law
- European Journal of International Law
- International and Comparative Law Quarterly
- British Yearbook of International Law

Cases and Materials

- D. Harris. "Cases and Materials on International Law". (7th Ed, Sweet & Maxwell 2010,)
- Reports of the International Court of Justice [Available online]
- International Law Reports [Available at IMLI library; soon available in Law Library]
- International Legal Materials [Soon available at Law Library]

Selected Websites

- American Society of International Law
- Electronic Informational System for International Law
- United Nations
- International Maritime Law Institute
- International Court of Justice
- International Law Commission
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students taking this study-unit need to have a background in law.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture & Independent Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S David J. Attard
Felicity Attard
Patricia Vella de Fremeaux

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