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International Law: Systems and Organisations Short Course

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This International Law course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic elements of international norms and concentrates on the worldwide system of relationships known as public international law.

Why choose this course?

The International Law: Systems and Organisations short course is taught over 10 weeks and delivered in the evening by professional lawyers.

The course is ideal for anyone looking to develop their knowledge within the fascinating area of international law, either for their job as for their own general knowledge.

Students will be able to apply the treaty law to current situations, learn about the rights of a state to independence and discuss them in light of what has happened recently, for instance, in Sudan and in the Ukraine with Crimea.

Course overview

The International Law short course covers the concept of state identity, the processes by which international agreements may be secured, diplomatic relations, membership of the international community, treaty law and the law of the sea.

Students will also learn how the international community has gone about bringing major change to the protection of the environment through the law of the sea.

Classes combine group discussion, classroom activities and support from the tutor.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the International Law course, you will learn:

  • To understand  the basic principles of the system of international law.
  • How to research and apply various sources of international law.
  • To understand the role played by the United Nations and other organisations.
  • To encourage a system of inter-state co-operation.

Topics covered

  • Introduction and sources of international law
  • Statehood and EU law
  • Nationality and international organisations
  • Law of Treaties
  • Human rights
  • Law of the sea
  • State immunity
  • State responsibility
  • UN and international criminal law
  • Private international law



English requirements

Applicants of this International Law course must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

There will be a series of 10 classes, with scope for students to engage in discussion on individual topics.

There are no formal assessments, informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Anthony Aust, Handbook of International law, Cambridge, Second Edition,
  • David Harris, Cases and materials on International law, Sweet & Maxwell, Seventh Edition,
  • Christine Gray, International Law and the Use of Force, Oxford
  • Malcom D. Evans, International law Documents, Blackstones

Tutor information

  • Nasreen Choudhury

    Nasreen Choudhury, a non-practicing solicitor, came onto the Roll of Solicitors in 2004 and previously practiced as a solicitor in the areas of welfare, immigration, family and criminal law.

    Nasreen has worked in private practice and for non-governmental agencies representing clients in high profile cases up to and including at the High Court.