International Law

Course content

The course provides the students with an understanding of the nature and function of the international legal system, including its relationship with national legal systems. It develops the students’ ability to solve specific problems by identifying, interpreting and applying rules and principles of international law. Moreover, the course provides the students with the necessary skills to recognize and assess complex matters of international law in a broader legal and political context.


The teaching, which comprises both lectures and seminars, covers:

  • The foundation and structure of the international legal system
  • The relationship between international and national law
  • The sources of international law
  • The law of treaties
  • The actors in the international legal system
  • Jurisdiction
  • The immunity of states and state representatives, including diplomats and consuls
  • State responsibility
  • The international law of the sea
  • Peaceful settlement of disputes
  • International regulation of the use of force
  • The law of armed conflict
  • International criminal law
Learning outcome

To obtain the grade of 12, the student must be able to;


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of international law and the structure of the international legal system
  • Apply various theories of international law to concrete issues
  • Identify answers to concrete questions by applying the different sources of international law
  • Apply the law of treaties, including the principles of treaty interpretation, to concrete cases
  • Apply the principles of state responsibility to concrete cases
  • Apply rules and principles relating to state sovereignty, jurisdiction, and immunity to concrete case
  • Identify solutions for the peaceful settlement of international disputes
  • Identify answers to specific issues regulated by the law of the sea
  • Apply international legal regulation, principally from the UN Charter, to concrete examples of the use of armed force
  • Identify answers to specific issues regulated by the law of armed conflict
  • Identify answers to specific issues regulated by international criminal law


The teaching provides the students with the skills needed to assess, independently and critically, concrete issues of international law and to reflect, in a balanced and insightful manner, on the inherent tensions within the international legal system as well as on the role of international law as a body of norms at the crossroads between law and politics.


Anders Henriksen, International Law, 3. edition , Oxford University Press (2021)

Chapters 1-8

Chapters 12-15

Additional literature will be available on Absalon


Total number of pages: Approx. 250-260

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Type of assessment
Written assignment, 24 hours
Assigned individual written assignment, 1 day
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 99,5
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • English
  • 137,5