Public International Law


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. 


The course is organized in such a way that students  - in applying  legal method and problem based learning - acquire skills in:

  • 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.  
  • Communicating issues relating to public international law in a clear and well-structured manner, using the applicable terminology.


  • 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

  • Workshops

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
The knowledge and skills described are evaluated during an oral group exam based on a group project. The project is to be written by no more than 4 students and is required to be approximately 10 pages long. Further project requirements will be presented at a separate project introduction.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Synopsis can be brought to the exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

  • The module is open to students from Law and Business Law 
  • Please note, that students who have attended the course ”Videregående folkeret: aktuelle problemstillinger og dilemmaer” (Danish language) cannot participate in this course.  

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 Philosophy
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities


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