Characteristics of public international law, subjects and sources of international law.

ASSIGNMENT I law 101                       2023

write a short essay, in which you integrate and apply the knowledge that you have built in relation to the nature and characteristics of public international law, subjects and sources of international law.

                   Short written assignment I

Before the midterm, a written assignment of 1,000 words (100 words is the margin of tolerance on both sides and the highest word count accepted) – including footnotes, excluding bibliography, needs to be submitted.

This assignment plays an important role in the gradual building of knowledge and practical skills. In terms of the latter, the short essay takes the form of an individual written assignment. In terms of knowledge scaffolding: you are asked to write a short essay, in which you integrate and apply the knowledge that you have built in relation to the nature and characteristics of public international law, subjects and sources of international law.


The written assignment applies the following course objectives:

  • acquire knowledge of terminology and concepts of international Law.
  • gain an understanding of the international system

Consider the following statement:

‘international organisations are just as much a subject of international law as states’

  1. Formulate arguments in support of this statement (around 500 words)
  2. Formulate arguments that counter this statement (around 500 words)

  3. Make sure to explain and apply the defining characteristics of subjects of international law.

  4. Note that ‘international law’ does not only concern the main sources of international law, but also ‘other sources’
  • Where possible refer to relevant reading materials, legal documents and case law referred to and discussed in class (parts in the Cases and Materials book)
  • Please consider the rubrics in the syllabus:

Assignment 1 should have 1000 words in total  (100 words is the margin of tolerance on both sides). The exact division between part a and part b is not strict.

Rubric for written assignment I. (public international law) (20% of the final grade).

Content: up to 55 points
           
The essay needs to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the nature of public international law
  • Knowledge of the sources of international law, the main sources, and ‘other sources’
  • Understanding of the defining characteristics of ‘subjects of international law’
  • Knowledge of the relevant case law

Structure: up to 20 points

  • Having table of contents, introduction, body, conclusion, bibliography
  • Logical composition
  • Organized approach, including correct use of subheadings
  • Language & style suitable for academic audience

Bibliography: up to 15 points

  • Accurate representation of the sources consulted
  • Quality of sources used, citations and footnotes
  • Use of OSCOLA for the references

Overall Professionalism: up to 10 points

  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the problem and ability to provide clear legal analys.

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