In an increasingly globalized world, law draws everything together.

International law is a binding force around the world – and understanding international legal issues will give you an edge in everything from understanding the nightly news to becoming a true global citizen.

Students will learn the fundamentals of public international law and the international legal order. Topics to be covered include the United Nations, treaties, sovereign immunity, the law of war, international criminal law, and international human rights law. Students will discuss international legal issues of contemporary and timeless significance.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Identify the sources of international law and the structure of the international legal order.
  • CLO 2: Analyze fact scenarios in which international legal issues are raised.
  • CLO 3: Discuss the role of international law in the modern world.
  • CLO 4: Develop the skills to research in depth an international legal topic.
  • CLO 5: Connect international law with Canadian law and society.
  • CLO 6: Critique the structure of the international legal order.

Course Offering (may be subject to change)

International Law (Law 207/707) is offered every September. 

Assessment Weighting (may be subject to change)

Quizzes (Individual) 10%
Fact Patterns 30%
Research Paper 50%
Personal Reflection 10%

Students will participate in five mandatory Applied Learning sessions that will run in weeks 1, 6, 7, 11 and 12 with either instructor or TA .These online tutorials will be conducted via Zoom and will provide students with a guided opportunity to practice concepts covered in the relevant week.During the Applied Learning Sessions, students will complete various learning activities, participate in small group discussions with their peers, and practice fact patterns. Grades will be awarded for active participation during the sessions. Students must ensure they meet all technical requirements for the Applied Learning Sessions and that they test their system ahead of each session. No accommodations will be provided for technical issues. 

Every other week will be voluntary should you have a question or something to discuss, please send an email to your ALS Group TA or instructor and they will open a Zoom session in your scheduled timing. 


Course Materials

Complete International Law Text, Cases and Materials, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), Ademola Abass

Required textbook can be purchased through Queen's Campus Bookstore or directly from Oxford University Press.

For those wanting to rent the e-text for 180 days, visit the Queen's Campus Bookstore. You will go to a shopping cart that is pre-loaded with the required e-text. Once you arrive at that page, you simply click "Checkout", agree to the terms and complete purchase to receive immediately.