Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Public International Law

Main Topics of Study

Nature and Purpose of International Law

Sources

  • Custom
  • Treaties
  • General principles
  • Judicial decisions
  • Writing of jurists
  • General assembly resolutions

Territory

  • Sovereignty
  • Modes of acquisition
  • Recognition
  • Other areas

Jurisdiction and Immunity

  • Making and enforcing laws
  • Grounds of jurisdiction
  • Extradition and asylum
  • Immunity

State Responsibility

  • Criminal and civil responsibility
  • Basis of international liability
  • Risk and fault theories
  • Attributability of the state
  • Compensation and remedies
  • Defences
  • Treatment of aliens
  • Companies and the expropriation of property

International Environmental Law

  • State responsibility
  • Atmospheric protection
  • The problem of development
  • Duty of co-operation
  • International conservation law

Human Rights

  • Libertie, egalite and fraternite
  • Implementation of human rights
  • Treaties and custom as sources
  • Human rights under UN
  • International covenants
  • Other instruments

The Law of the Sea

  • The territorial sea
  • Right of innocent passage
  • The contiguous zone
  • The exclusive economic zone
  • The high seas
  • The continental shelf
  • The deep sea bed

The Use of Force

  • Jus ad bellum
  • The law against war
  • Prohibition on the use of force
  • Exceptions to articles 2(4)
  • The UN security council
  • The general assembly
  • The secretary general
  • Regional organisations

Cases

  • re The Asylum Case (1950) KJ
  • re North Sea Continental Shelf Cases (1969) ICJ
  • re Texaco Case (1978) ILM
  • Maclaine Watson v Department of Trade (1989)
  • Salimoff v Standard Oil Co (1933)
  • re Island of Palmas Case (1928)

Other Sources

  • United Nations Charter 1948
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
  • Vienna Conventions 1961 & 1968
  • Law of the Sea Convention 1982
  • Statute of the International Court of Justice
  • Rio Declaration 1992
  • North Atlantic Treaty 1949
  • Hague Conventions
  • UN General Assembly Resolutions
  • European Convention on Human Rights – Antarctic Treaty 1959

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International Law – S Wheatley (Blackstone Press)

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