Public International Law


Course Objective

The course provides students with an overview of the foundational
doctrines of international law. Students are required to reflect on
these foundations, identify incompatibilities and to see how law and
politics interact. Moreover, students will be familiarized with the
basic legal regime covering ius ad bellum and learn to critically apply
these rules to existing armed conflicts.

Course Content

This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of the
international legal order and how it operates within contemporary world
society. It will discuss key topics of International Law, including
- Nature, sources and subjects of international law
- Law of state responsibility
- Jurisdiction and immunities
- Peaceful settlement of disputes
- Law on the use of force, including collective security, self-defense
and humanitarian intervention

Teaching Methods

interactive lectures (3 hours per week). participation is highly

Method of Assessment

Take home examination (paper)


will be announced via Canvas

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
- Students from other universities/faculties
- Exchange students
- Contractor (students who pay for one course)

Additional Information

Degree programme objectives Law and Politics of International Security

Final Attainment Levels
The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have the following
knowledge and understanding:
-International conflict and security law, including jus ad bellum, jus
in bello and jus post bellum;
-The difficulties involved in the application of ‘traditional’ legal and
political science concepts to contemporary armed conflicts.

Being capable of:
-The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have a capability
-Identify and apply theoretical approaches from international law and
political science;
-Identify the differences and overlaps between the various methodologies
used in law and political science;
-Independently set up a legal and political arguments in the area of
international conflict and security law;
-Independently apply research methods and interpret results;

Show evidence of:
- The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have a critical,
creative and innovative attitude with regard to:
-The way in which problems in the area of international conflict and
security are framed in academic, legal and policy debates;
-The existing legal framework in the field of international conflict and
-Existing policy solutions in the field of international conflict and

Degree programme objectives International Crimes and Criminology
Final Attainment Levels
Knowledge of and insight into:
-Recent approaches, theories and insights from various disciplines in
international crimes;
-Legal issues concerning international crimes.

Show evidence of:
-An independent, critical attitude with regard to existing theories and
-An investigative, original and creative attitude with regard to
existing issues and solutions;
-Critical, analytical and normative reflection on academic research and
on research result.

General Information

Course Code
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator T.E. Aalberts
Examiner T.E. Aalberts
Teaching Staff T.E. Aalberts

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
Target audiences

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