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Public International Law

  • 15 credits

The course Public International Law aims to provide advanced knowledge of core issues and fundamental principles of public international law and to familiarise students with recent trends.

Public International Law is given as an elective course within the framework of the law program at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Exchange students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law 

Initially the foundations of public international law are studied, such as its subjects, sources of law, relationship between national and international law, state responsibility, along with jurisdiction and immunity. The course also includes an introduction to and indepth studies of some of the different specialised regulations/topics of public international law such as maritime law, prohibition on the use of force, humanitarian law, the foundations of human rights and peacekeeping operations.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Public International Law

    Course Guide (818 Kb)


    Teaching format

    The course starts with an introductory lecture, the aim of which is to provide general orientation within the subject area. After this, the actual lessons and seminars start.


    The course's learning outcomes are assessed through the individual essay, participation at the seminars, as well as through a written examination.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Departement

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    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact: 

    Course coordinator: 
    Sara Freeman 

    Course manager: 
    Jarna Petman