Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Selected Topics in International Law

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is designed to train students in selected topics in International Law, based on a prior understanding of the principles they would have been exposed to in the unit offered in second year of the law course. It focusses on certain specialised branches of international law including: the Law of the Sea, Combating Maritime Threats such as Piracy, the Law of the Marine Environment, the Use of Force, State Responsibility and International Dispute Settlement.

Study-unit Aims:

1. This study-unit aims to present the student with specialised branches of international law to demonstrate the workings of the core principles in the over-all subjects.
2. The unit intends to present the principles of international law in context and as individuals parts of an over-arching whole.
3. The unit also aims to link the international rules studied with the national legal system.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate principles of international law and their importance in contemporary affairs through a critical written assessment of a particular topic/s; law.
2. Understand the significance of careful and precise introduction of international law into the Maltese legal system, again through a written evaluation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to critically address both the theoretical and practical problems arising in various branches of international law through answering a number of questions focussing on a particular topic in international law.

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).
- J. Collier and V. Lowe. "The Settlement of Disputes in International Law" (OUP, 1999).
- R. Churchill and A.V. Lowe. "The Law of the Sea" (3rd Ed. Cambridge University Press, 1999).

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) [Available at Law Library]
- 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 and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Zambonino Pulito
David J. Attard
Felicity Attard
Simone Borg
Roberto Cassar
Omar Grech
Chris Soler
Otto Spijkers
Patricia Vella de Fremeaux

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