Public International Law

Main topics of study:

Nature & Purpose of International Law

Sources:

  • Custom
  • Treaties
  • General Principles
  • Judicial Decisions
  • Writing of Jurists
  • General Assembly Resolutions

Territory:

  • Sovereignty
  • Modes of Acquisition
  • Recognition
  • Other Areas

Jurisdiction & Immunity:

  • Making & Enforcing Laws
  • Grounds of Jurisdiction
  • Extradition & Asylum
  • Immunity

State Responsibility:

  • Criminal & Civil Responsibility
  • Basis of International Liability
  • Risk & Fault Theories
  • Attributability of the State
  • Compensation & Remedies
  • Defences
  • Treatment of Aliens
  • Companies & the Expropriation of Property

International Environmental Law:

  • State Responsibility
  • Atmospheric Protection
  • The Problem of Development
  • Duty of Co-Operation
  • International Conservation Law

Human Rights:

  • Libertie, Egalite & Fraternite
  • Implementation of Human Rights
  • Treaties & Custom as Sources
  • Human Rights under UN
  • International Covenants
  • Other Instruments

The Law of the Sea:

  • The Territorial Sea
  • Right of Innocent Passage
  • The Contiguous Zone
  • The Exclusive Economic Zone
  • The High Seas
  • The Continental Shelf
  • The Deep Sea Bed

The Use of Force:

  • Jus Ad Bellum
  • The Law Against War
  • Prohibition on the Use of Force
  • Exceptions to Articles 2(4)
  • The UN Security Council
  • The General Assembly
  • The Secretary General
  • Regional Organisations

Cases:
re The Asylum Case (1950) KJ
re North Sea Continental Shelf Cases (1969) ICJ
re Texaco Case (1978) ILM
Maclaine Watson v Department of Trade (1989)
Salimoff v Standard Oil Co (1933)
re Island of Palmas Case (1928)

Other Sources:
United Nations Charter 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
Vienna Conventions 1961 & 1968
Law of the Sea Convention 1982
Statute of the International Court of Justice
Rio Declaration 1992
North Atlantic Treaty 1949
Hague Conventions
UN General Assembly Resolutions
European Convention on Human Rights – Antarctic Treaty 1959