International Law

Instructor:Anna Gryaznova
Updated:3 February, 2016

Course Summary

The International Law course allows students to expand their knowledge in the sphere of legal issues on a global level with a focus on practical knowledge of the universal system of law governing international communications. After this course students will be able to orient in the vast amount of legal information and analyze situations from a legal point of view to lower risks and avoid possible liability. Students will develop logical reasoning and argumentation skills through regular debates and discussions of contemporary events as well as writing essays on controversial topics.

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of discussionHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Please note that the time spent on independent study exceeds hours of lecture and discussion.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Definition, subjects and principles of international law.
  2. Sources of international law and international treaties.
  3. International human rights:
    1. History
    2. Main documents
    3. Current issues
    4. International mechanisms for human rights protection.
  4. International security law:
    1. System of collective security
    2. Mechanisms of international security
    3. Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  5. International humanitarian law:
    1. Connection to human rights protection
    2. War and armed conflicts.
  6. International economic law.
  7. International trade law.
  8. Diplomatic law.
  9. International liability.

Reading List

Required reading:

  1. Shaw, M. (2008). International Law, 6th edition. OUP.

Recommended reading:

  1. Dixon, M. (2013). Textbook on International Law, 6th edition. OUP.
  2. Lowe, V. (2007). International Law, 6th edition. OUP.
  3. Crawford, J. (2012). Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law. OUP.
  4. Evans, M. (2008). International Law. CUP.
  5. Carr, I. (2014). International Trade Law. Routhledge.
  6. Chatterjee, C. (2010). International Law and Diplomacy. Routhledge.
  7. International Comparative Jurisprudence. Elsevier.

Online resources:

  1. Electronic Information System for International Law
  2. International Law
  3. American Society of International Law
  4. European Court of Human Rights database
  5. World Trade Organization

Homework Assignments

  1. Required and recommended reading.
  2. Required and recommended reading. Analysing international legal documents.
  3. Required and recommended reading. Essay 1.
  4. Required and recommended reading. Analysing international legal documents. Presentation.
  5. Required and recommended reading. Essay 2.
  6. Required and recommended reading. Analysing international legal documents. Argumentation on diplomatic issues.
  7. Required and recommended reading. Analysing international legal documents.


It is a graded course of study. You should complete all the assignments and take an exam.