International Public Law – JURI 640

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the study of fundamental concepts of international law and its historical origins. It considers the influence of diverse schools of thought in international law, including the post-modern, natural law, and integrative jurisprudence. The course examines the sources of international law, including international treaties, customary international law and general principles of law. It also studies the subjects of international law and international legal personality.




Considering the increasing number of international normative conflicts in the 21st century, the study of international public law is of great importance. A proper study of this subject matter requires an integrative approach that considers the influence of positive law, natural law, and divine law in the establishment and development of international law. Based on that approach, this course enables the student to understand fundamental international legal theories and norms and apply them to key international problems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the influence and importance of the Christian worldview in the establishment and historical development of international law.
  2. Analyze the nature of the international normative system and the place of international law in international relations.
  3. Explain the main characteristics of the subjects of international law, including states, international organizations, and individuals.
  4. Describe the importance of an integrative methodology for the legal analysis of international relations; this integrative perspective considers the influence of divine law, positive law, natural law, and historical jurisprudence in international law.
  5. Analyze the sources of international law, including treaties, customary international law, and peremptory norms (jus cogens).
  6. Apply international legal norms and principles to current international conflicts.
  7. Explain the importance of the concept of jurisdiction, including universal jurisdiction, in international relations.
  8. Analyze the main norms and principles of sovereign and diplomatic immunity and protections.
  9. Describe the main areas of study in international law, including international human rights law and international economic law.
  10. Analyze the main methods for the resolution of international disputes, including mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication.
  11. Analyze fundamental norms on the use of force, including the law on resort to force (jus ad bellum) and the law on the conduct of armed conflict (jus in bello).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Research Paper

Outline and Thesis Statement

The student will submit an outline of the major points of his/her Research Paper. The student will also submit a thesis statement of no more than 2 sentences that specifies the subject matter of the paper. The Outline and Thesis Statement must be at least 900 words and follow current Bluebook format.


The student will submit a draft of the Research Paper. The draft must include an introduction, thesis statement, outline, main body, and conclusion as well as a bibliography and citations in current Bluebook format. The draft must be at least 3,000 words.


The student will submit his/her final Research Paper. The paper must be at least 5,000 words and include at least 25 citations in current Bluebook format. The word count includes the citations but not the outline.

Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2,500 words of writing in their final paper. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of JM students.

Case Briefs (3)

The student will write 3 Case Briefs in current Bluebook format. Each Case Brief must be at least 500 words.

Video Lecture Quiz

The Video Lecture Quiz will cover the Reading & Study presentation for the assigned module/week. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 multiple-choice questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week, except Quiz 3, which will cover all of Chapter 9 of the textbook. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 short answer, multiple-choice, and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.