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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Law


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Not available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to M101
Tied to M103


  • Public International Law (LAW 2131).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students who have a foundation in a relevant area of law to pursue an advanced teamwork project.
  • Students will develop skills in problem-solving, independent research, oral and written advocacy and legal team working.


  • Varies according to the moot problem released each year by the organisers of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A deep understanding of the relevant concepts and rules of public international law.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • An ability to deconstruct and analyse factual situations using the principles, rules and procedures of international law.
  • An ability to craft legal arguments (written and oral) relevant to a set issue, regardless of one's own position on the matter.
Key Skills:
  • An ability to do legal work in a group setting
  • An ability to make oral and written argument in a judicial setting.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Seminars are used primarily to impart knowledge and to suggest approaches to evaluation and critical analysis.
  • Student presentations are used to sharpen oral communications skills and to impart knowledge of particular subjects to the group.
  • Summative assessment:
  • Written memorials, group work component (2 students), 1 x 12,000 words (60%);
  • Individual substantive presentation in Michaelmas Term (15%);
  • Oral argument presented individually in a moot team simulation (25%).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 8 2 hours 16
Individual presentations 3 2 hours 6
Oral argument 6 2 hours 12
Preparation, writing, reading 166

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group work component 12,000 words 60%
Oral argument 1 x 20 minute presentation 25%
Individual presentation 1 x 10 minute presentation 15%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University