Name of Course Public International Law I
Course Code LAC4223
Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme To introduce the concept, theory, practice and usage of international law, sources of international law and concept of state territory, jurisdiction and immunity from international law perspective.
Semester and Year offered Semester 8 (Year 4)
Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O
28 14 13 16 28 14 4 3 120
Credit Value 3 (120 / 40 = 3)
Pre-requisite (if any) None
Learning outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the ability to:

  1. illustrate the basic public international law. (LO1-C3)
  2. respond to the problems involving public international law matter. (LO4-P3)
  3. trace the importance of the public international law theoretically and practically.(LO7-P3)
Transferable skills Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving through a process of lectures and tutorials.
Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

•          Formative

•          Summative

Synopsis This course introduces students the basic principles, theory and practise of international law. Students will be exposed to the definition, nature and historical background of the establishment and development of international law. Students will be exposed to the sources of international law which include treaties, international customary law, general principles of law, decision of international court and unilateral action including other sources of law. The development and the sources of international Islamic law will also be discussed. This course will explain the relationship of international law and municipal law including the usage of international law within the ambit of municipal law. This course will also elaborate on the development of international law subject and the main characteristics which form the subject. Further, this course will include discussion which involves main principles relating to territorial, rights, responsibility and jurisdiction of a certain state, element of responsibility of a particular state, controlling steps and prevention from violation of international law including immunity from international law. Reference to cases which were decided by the International Court, treaties, United Nation Convention and international agreements were streamlined in accordance with the need of the syllabus.
Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion and presentation.
Assessment Methods and Types
  Item Percentage
1. Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
  Total: 100%
Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
Content Outline and the SLT per Topic

Week Topic
1-2 Nature and development of International Law
3-6 Sources of international law
7 Relationship between International and  Municipal Law
8-9 International subjects
10-11 State Territory
12-14 State Jurisdiction
Main references 1.     Abdul Ghafur Hamid. 2007. Public International Law: A Practical Approach. 2nd Edn. Kuala Lumpur: Prentice Hall.

2.     Ian Brownlie. 2003. Principles of Public International Law. 6th Edn. London: Oxford University Press.

3.     Martin Dixon. 2005. Textbook on International Law. 5th Edn. London: Oxford University Press.

4.     D.J Harris. 2004. Cases and Material on International Law. 6th Ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.

Related Cases

Additional references 1.     Antonio Cassese. 2001. International Law. London. Oxford University Press

2.      Peter Malanczuk. 1997. Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law. 7th revised Edn. London: Routledge.

3.     Tunku Sofiah Jewa. 1996. Public International Law: A Malaysian Perspective. Vol. I & II. Kuala Lumpur: Pacifica Publications.

4.     Malcom De Evans. 2003. International Law. 1st Edn. London: Oxford University Press.

5.     R. Jennings and A.Watts (eds). 1996. Oppenheim’s International Law. Vol. 1. Peace. London Longman.