Public International Law


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Please note, that students who have attended the course ”Videregående folkeret: aktuelle problemstillinger og dilemmaer” (Danish language) cannot participate in this course.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • To supplement the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that may form part of the student’s choice of educational and professional profile

Learning objectives


  • Background, scope and purpose of public international law
  • General elements of international law, such as subjects of law, legal sources, treaty law, jurisdiction and immunities, and the relationship between international and national law
  • Specific subject matters, for example state responsibility, dispute settlement, the use of force, the law of armed conflict and international criminal law


  • Explaining the difference between the aim and purpose of international law compared to national law
  • Describing the impact of international law in national jurisdictions
  • Analysing and applying concepts and terminology integral to the course
  • Identifying legal problems in international law and applying relevant sources of law in solving these
  • Researching, presenting and analyzing judgments and decisions from the International Court of Justice and other relevant judicial bodies in international law
  • Presenting and analyzing the content of substantive provisions as contained in UN Charter and other applicable international law instruments
  • Describing and presenting general as well as specific topics of public international law


  • Explain issues pertaining to public international law and reflect and analyze  critically
  • Assess and analyse rules and regulations as well as the consequences of the rules
  • Qualify identified legal issues within public international law
  • Be able to work problem-oriented by independently composing a problem and working in an analytical and structured manner
  • Become responsible for own learning, development and specialization within the frames public international law
  • Become able to provide advice on the content of public international law and the consequences of violating this legal framework

Type of instruction

  • Lectures

Extent and expected workload

  • 270 hours


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • Synopsis handed in on time


Name of examPublic International Law
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
20 minutes exam per student
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Synopsis can be brought to the exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentWe refer to the grading scale order

Additional information

  • The module is open to students from Law and Business Law 

Facts about the module

Danish titlePublic International Law
Module codeKA-EJ-13-S36
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Law
DepartmentDepartment of Law
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences


  • Henriksen, Anders: International Law, Oxford University Press, 2017 
  • Students will  be asked to access supplementary material available online, including primary sources of law and scientific articles