About the course

Course content

The aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge and understanding of international law, and how it is formed, regulated and applied. The course introduces the traditional legal fields of international law, key concepts and principles and how public international law relates to other systems of law. The course also provides basic practical skills in legal analysis by training in solving legal issues in an international context and analyzing cases through the means of legal method.

The course covers the basics of the international legal system with focus on public international law, its classification and features along with substantive law. The course addresses the following parts:

- The nature of public international law
- Sources
- Legal actors – states, international organizations and private actors
- States’ fundamental rights and obligations – sovereignty, territorial law, the Law of the Sea and jurisdiction
- State responsibility
- States’ representation and immunities
- Settlements of legal disputes

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English 6.


Upper secondary grades 66%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


For more information about the education: