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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

International Law 2: Contemporary Problems of World Order

Course Code:
15PFFH009
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 2

International Law 2 is an advanced seminar-based course that builds on the knowledge and skills learned in International Law 1. It is also suitable for students who already have a legal background. The course focuses on specialised areas of public international law with an emphasis on critical perspectives and current issues and controversies.

These areas include:

  • Self-determination of peoples
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • The Use of Force
  • International Criminal law
  • International Law in International Relations and Diplomacy

This course is available to all CISD students who have either an appropriate legal background or have completed International Law 1. The time of the lecture will rotate on a yearly basis: In 2014/15, lectures will take place at 1pm; in the 2015/16 session lectures will take place at 6pm.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of this course students will have:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the sources, doctrines and institutions of public international law
  • Knowledge and understanding of some of the specialised areas of international law
  • An ability to engage with the various theoretical and critical approaches to international law
  • An ability to carry out independent legal research using a  law library and legal electronic resources
  • An ability to engage in critical analysis of primary and secondary legal sources to a high standard
  • An ability to construct written and oral legal argument to a high standard

Workload

The course will be taught over 10 weeks with one 90 minute lecture and one 1 hour seminar per week.

Method of assessment

One Research Paper (5000 words);100%

Suggested reading

  • P. Sands, Torture Teams: Deception, Cruelty and the Compromise of Law (2008)
  • G. Simpson, Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (2007)  
  • R. Wilde, International Territorial Administration: How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away (2008)