The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Episode 1Wednesday, 28th September 2016 01:35 - BBC Two (except Scotland)Andrew Marr discovers why the Scotland he was born in has changed so much politically. Read more: Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Episode 1
Life Story: ParenthoodAvailable until Sunday, 30th October 2016 01:00Some parents are more closely involved than others. Read more: Life Story: Parenthood
Life Story: CourtshipAvailable until Sunday, 23rd October 2016 01:25
BBC Inside Science - 2016/2017 series: What's left to explore?Available for over a year
Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Episode 2Available until Friday, 21st October 2016 01:35
Take the photographic memory testCan you capture scenes just by looking at them? Find out with our photographic memory test. Launch now: Take the photographic memory test
The lottery of birthThis free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of... Try: The lottery of birth now
Organisations and management accountingThis free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of organisations,... Try: Organisations and management accounting now
This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts underpinning your study of international law. It introduces the concept of international legal personality, explores the status of the state, the principle of sovereignty and summarises the principles of jurisdiction.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the concept of international legal personality and the identity of the subjects of international law
- understand the nature of a state and how a state is created and recognised in international law
- understand the principle of sovereignty and of the operation of jurisdiction
- critically engage with complex, current and emerging legal and international issues.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Personality in international law
- 2 The concept of a state
- 3 Sovereignty
- 4 Jurisdiction
- 4.1 General principles of jurisdiction
- 4.2 Types of jurisdiction
- 4.3 Principles of jurisdiction
- 4.4 Extraterritoriality – protective jurisdiction and the ‘effects doctrine’
- Further reading
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Exploring the boundaries of international law
This OpenLearn free course is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin the study of international law. It introduces the concept of international legal personality, explores the status of the state, examines the principle of sovereignty and summarises the principles of jurisdiction. The course focuses on areas which are of special relevance to contemporary events.
The course begins by considering how legal status is achieved in international law both for states and non-state actors. It then focuses on the concept of the state. It considers how a state is created and the implications of recognition or non-recognition of a state by other states. The topical issues of self-determination, secession, failed states and sovereignty are introduced. The course concludes by explaining the principles and implications of jurisdiction and considers some of its different and more controversial applications.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Friday, 1st April 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 1st April 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
- Latest OpenLearn pages
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - People, Politics & Law
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - The Law
- Latest pages tagged - W821_1
- Latest pages tagged - legal problems
- Latest pages tagged - law
- Latest pages tagged - legislation
- Latest pages tagged - development of law
- Latest pages tagged - legal meaning
- Latest pages tagged - mentally incapacitated adults
- Latest pages tagged - evolution of legislation
- Latest comments on this page
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (371 KB)
- ePub 3.0 (257 KB)
- Kindle (425 KB)
- RSS (210 KB)
- HTML (1.1 MB)
- SCORM (1.1 MB)
- OUXML Package (29 KB)
- OUXML File (90 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
- Moodle backup (8.6 MB)
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.