JJUB57007U  International Law

Volume 2018/2019

The course develops the students’ ability to identify, analyze and work with international legal issues in a competent legal manner. It provides the students with the necessary skills needed to recognize matters of international law as well as the ability to relate more broadly to issues if an international character.


The teaching covers:

  • Foundations and structures of international

  • The relationship between international and national law

  • Sources of international law

  • Treaty law, including regulations and principles for drafting treaties, provisos and cessation

  • The actors in the international legal system

  • The principles of jurisdiction

  • Immunity from national jurisdiction

  • Diplomatic immunity and protection

  • State responsibility

  • International law of the sea

  • The peaceful settlement of disputes

  • The international regulation of the use of force

  • The law of armed conflict

  • International criminal law

Learning Outcome

To obtain the grade of 12, the student must be able to;

  • Apply various theories of international law to concrete issues

  • Identify answers to various concrete issues with the aid of the different sources of international law

  • Interpret treaties

  • Apply principles of state sovereignty, jurisdiction and immunity to concrete issues

  • Apply state principles of state responsibility to concrete issues

  • Identify answers to specific law of the sea issues, such as problems in connection with the limits of fishing zones, straits and continental shelves

  • Identify proposed solutions for the peaceful solving of international disputes

  • Apply regulation, principally from the UN Convention, to concrete examples of the use of armed force

  • Apply the principles contained within the law of armed conflict

  • Apply the principles in international criminal law

The teaching provides the students with the skills needed to establish an independent and critical attitude to concrete issues of international law and to relate, in a balanced and reflective manner, to the inherent tensions of international law and to the borderline between politics and law.


Anders Henriksen, International Law, Oxford University Press (2017)

Chapters 1 – 8

Chapters 12-15

Additional literature will be available on Absalon

Total number of pages: Approx. 250-260

Type of assessment
Written assignment, 24 hours
Assigned individual written assignment, 1 day
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

18-19 December 2018


24-25 January 2019

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 99,5
  • Total
  • 137,5