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.

Assessment Weighting

Quizzes (2)
Discussions (6)
Fact Pattern Assignments (2) (Individual) 10%
Research Essay (Individual) 25%
Final Exam


Course Materials 

Required Textbook 

The following material is available from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:

Public International Law, 2nd Edition. Toronto: Irwin Law. Currie, J. H. (2008)