Introduction to Public International Law

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The Public International Law course will look at the role of international law in responding to today's global challenges. Together, we will examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, international dispute settlement, questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility, as well as international security law.

This Summer School will investigate the role of public international law in dealing with global challenges. Public international law is the branch of law that regulates the relationship between the actors operating at the international level, including States, international organisations, peoples, and individuals. We will link the general theory and doctrines of public international law to present-day challenges of global interest. By critically reflecting on the role of international law in responding today’s global challenges, the Public International Law course aims to introduce the participants to the most important tenets of international law. These include the nature and function of international law and its role in global politics. We will analyse the relationship between international law and international relations. What influence does international law have in the tough world of politics and power? We will introduce the participants to the sources of international law: treaties, customary international law, and general principles. We will also identify the subjects of the international legal order: States, international organisations, peoples, individuals, armed groups, and others. We will look at questions of jurisdiction and immunities. We will also look at issues of international responsibility.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Prof. dr. Cedric Ryngaert


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

Participants who combine this course with the International Law of the Sea course are eligible for a discount in the fees. The discount will be 100 Euros per course.

Please indicate in your application if you are applying to more than one course.


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 June 2022