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School of Law

International Economic Law

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Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Term 1

In this course we construct a coherent introduction to the sources, contours, sites and themes of international economic law. In so doing we will lay the necessary foundations (analytical framework, socio-economic context and historical background) for further exploration of international economic law. It serves as a reference point other courses that touch on international economic law such as Foundations of International Law (15PLAH021), World Trade Organisation Law (15PLAH038), Multinational Enterprises and the Law (15PLAC140), International Labour Law (15PLAH029), and Law and International Inequality (15PLAC131), but it can also be followed independently. The approach is practical (drawing on real life examples) critical (highlighting both the merits and limitations) and contemporary.  No prior knowledge of economics is necessary. Extensive use is made of e-learning tools. 

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate

  • an awareness the need for analytical rigour and transparency, in particular in a rapidly developing field of study.
  • a deep understanding of the normative and empirical underpinnings of international economic law;
  • an ability to critically appraise international economic law, both on its own terms (such as clarity, consistency and coherence) and from other points of view;
  • the capacity to relate the law to the practical experiences of individuals and organisations in the public, private, and third sectors.
  • Students will also have developed their general analytical, communication and research skills, as well as their capacity to understand and evaluate complex legal sources and literature.

Method of assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% coursework (one 6,000 word essay).  This coursework may be resubmitted.

Suggested reading

 M. Steger (2009) Globalization: A very short introduction. Oxford: OUP.