This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
Fundamental Issues in International Legal Governance
||Available in 2021/22
- â€¢ Fundamentals of International Law (LAW44715)
Excluded Combination of Modules
- This module aims to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the range of legal systems and issues which make up the contemporary global governance order. The module also aims to enable students to draw together the various substantive questions concerning the history and theory of international law, international economic law, international dispute resolution, international humanitarian and human rights law and international peace and security, amongst other topics which will be covered over the rest of the programme. The module will raise the student's awareness of to the conceptual and critical aspects of the international, transnational, trans-civilisational, regional and domestic legal questions central to the contemporary global legal infrastructure.
- A selection of topics in the following indicative areas will run in each year:
- Law-Making Processes: Consent and Normativity
- The form and authority of international law: treaties, custom, judicial decisions and other sources of law
- Participants in the International Legal System: States, International Organisations, non-State actors and individuals
- Responsibility and Accountability in a decentralised legal order: contemporary challenges
- International Law and its Others: post-colonial, feminist, and Critical challenges
- Defining Global Governance
- Interaction between Law and Governance
- Contemporary Issues at the UN/World Bank/IMF/WTO
- Historical Evolution of the Global Legal Order
- Reform of the International Legal Order
- Global Legal Pluralism
- Global Administrative Law
- Students will have:
- A thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles underlying global legal governance (consent, legal personality, sovereignty, responsibility and accountability, for example);
- A demonstrably in-depth knowledge of certain key aspects of the contemporary debates on international law and governance and its relationship with wider issues in international law (concerning, for example, global constitutionalism);
- A familiarity with the interaction between the variety of legal orders and the substantive law which underpins their operation;
- An understanding of the relationship between the theory and the practice of international legal governance.
- Students should be able to:
- interpret and evaluate critically relevant documents within global governance and identify the theoretical and critical approaches informing their interpretation;
- appreciate and articulate the relationship between international law and politics, and between international law and history;
- identify key themes in current debates about the nature and practice of international law and governance;
- demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast theoretical approaches to international law and governance;
- synthesize and critically analyse core issues associated with international legal governance.
- demonstrate an ability to understand and analyse critically a wide variety of complex issues relating to international legal governance, drawing on a variety of materials;
- develop expertise relating to international legal governance in conducting legal research using materials from a variety of national, regional and international sources;
- describe accurately and coherently the arguments and analysis of academic commentators on international legal governance;
- formulate ideas and arguments on international legal governance in a clear, structured and scholarly manner;
- demonstrate an ability to explore complex issues creatively in writing on matters relating to international legal governance.
- interpret, critically analyse, and synthesise legal materials and literature relevant to international legal governance.
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- The course will be taught through 8 two-hour seminars in the second term. Each seminar will cover a substantive topic and will be based on set reading to be prepared prior to the seminar. During each seminar students will work through a set of questions which they will have been asked to prepare in advance. Reading lists, which will provide the material to be used in answer the seminar questions, will be distributed two weeks in advance of each seminar.
- Feedback to be provided on formative and summative assessment in accordance with Law School feedback policies.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
|Preparation & Reading
|Component: Summative Assessment
||Component Weighting: 100%
||Length / duration
Essay, 1,500 words
■ 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