Public International Law

Course number: LAW 3740


Public international law refers to the international legal system that governs the rights and obligations of states in their relations with one another, and increasingly, with non-state actors. This course provides a historically and theoretically reinforced examination of the doctrine, practices and institutions of public international law.

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with:

  • The sources, bodies, and subjects of international law;
  • The relationship between domestic law and international law;
  • Student-selected thematic discussions on topics including (but not limited to) international human rights law, international environmental law, indigenous peoples, international criminal law, and use of force;
  • The realities and possibilities of an international legal career.

Course Evaluation

Public international law is a vast and diverse area of study beyond the scope of a single course.  The course is designed to allow students to pursue their particular interests while acquiring a foundational understanding of the field.  Evaluation will be based on a research paper (60%); class presentations (30%); and participation (10%).



John H. Currie et al, International Law: Doctrine, Practice & Theory, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).  Available from UofM Bookstore and online access through UML.


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