General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course code:||LLAW6109 / JDOC6109|
|Course name:||Public International Law|
|Programme offered under:||LLM Programme / JD Programme|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||No|
|Credit point value:||9 credits / 6 credits|
1.2 Course description
In this introductory course to public international law, we will start by looking at the nature and role of international law and how it is made and applied, with particular emphasis being placed on the law of treaties. We will then shift our focus to discussing the different subjects of international law, starting with states, international organizations (especially the United Nations), and individuals, among others. With this introduction, we will be prepared to explore the pressing issues in the important fields of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, international economic law, the law of the seas and international criminal law. Sovereignty over territory, jurisdictional sovereignty, and immunities from national jurisdiction are the next topics, followed by an analysis of how states can be held responsible for violations of international law. Special attention then will be paid to the international law relating to the use of force, with particular emphasis being placed on the UN collective security system, and the peaceful settlement of international disputes. By the end of the course, students will not only be able to advise future clients and employers on the basic rules and characteristics of international law, they will have the problem-solving skills needed to analyze and resolve many of the legal problems that have plagued the international system.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor||Peter Malanczukemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of public international law in relation to current events.
CLO 2 Demonstrate critical reasoning and writing skills through in-class debate, a mid-term exam and a final paper.
CLO 3 Evaluate international law in light of the perceived needs of international society and the alleged purposes of international law
2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
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2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Case presentation||TBC||25%||1||1, 2, 3|
|Conference simulation presentation||TBC||25%||1||1, 2, 3|
|Research paper||TBC||50%||1||1, 2, 3|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
To be advised by course convenor(s).
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
4.1 Learning Activity Plan
|Seminar:||3-hour seminars in an intensive mode in September 2023|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
To be advised by course convenor(s).
|Reading materials:||Reading materials are posted on Moodle|
|Core textbook:||Paola Gaeta, Jorge E. Vinuñales & Salvatore Zappalà, Cassese’s International Law, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press 2020, eBook version available)|
|Recommended reading list:||TBA|
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/