This course is available as both a Standalone Short Course and Short Course for Credit.
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Develop a basic understanding of public international law and its relationship with international subjects within a security paradigm.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 12 Jun - 11 Sep 2023
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £860

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,490

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Appraise the nature and primary sources of international law
  • Examine the way in which international law relates and applies to its subjects
  • Consider the legal underpinnings of the post-1945 system of international peace and security
  • Analyse the circumstances in which the use of force by States and international organisations is permitted or prohibited by international law

Core content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The nature of international law and its obligations
  • The sources of international law
  • Legal personality
  • The role and workings of international organisations and institutions (e.g. the United Nations, the International Court of Justice etc.) 
  • The prohibition of the use of force
  • Collective security enforcement
  • The right of self-defence
  • The legality of armed interventions on foreign territory


  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Leadership and Security Pathway of the Defence and Security Programme (Leadership and Management) MSc


    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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