SOAS University of London

School of Law

Executive Course in Public International Law (2019 entry)

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Overview

duration:
5 days (9-13 September 2019)

Tuition Fees 2019

Tuition fee:
£1,600

Entry requirements

  • This is an open-enrolment course specifically aimed at diplomats, executives, policymakers, non-profit workers, lawyers and professionals.

Featured events

Venue: Brunei Gallery

Start of programme: 9 - 13 September 2019

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

This is an intensive five-day course in public international law for diplomats, executives, policymakers, non-profit workers, lawyers and professionals run by the School of Law at SOAS. 

Programme Description

This course, taught by leading academics and practitioners within their particular area of expertise, offers an intensive study of international law for professionals. After providing an introduction to international law, participants will cover litigating international law in the courts of England and Wales, the Responsibilities of States, Individuals and Businesses, the International Court of Justice, how to bring claims in International Investment Arbitration and how to defend them, and how to make complaints to International Human Rights bodies. Specific subjects will include state immunity, diplomatic immunity, the prospects of a treaty on business and human rights, parent company liability in tort law, how to reform international investment law and the regulation of internet companies.

Participants will leave the course with the capacity to address complex legal questions commonly encountered by diplomats, executives and policymakers, skills in research, academic writing and advocacy, and an understanding of strategies employed in public international law litigation. You will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with leading academics and practitioners in a collegial atmosphere. On the final day, participants are invited to deliver a short paper at a workshop open to the Law Faculty followed by lunch at Lincoln’s Inn.

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Course Timetable

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, describe and critically analyse concepts and theories of public international law;
  • Apply knowledge of public international law to answer complex legal questions commonly encountered by diplomats, executives and policymakers;
  • Develop skills in research, negotiation, drafting, case analysis, academic writing and advocacy in public international law;
  • Understand strategies employed in public international law litigation;
  • Carry out independent research on a recent development in international law.
Assessment

Assessment is optional and will be in the form of a 2,500 word essay to be handed in one week after the course. A certificate of completion will be provided along with confirmation of assessment mark (if submitted).

Application process

Please fill out the form at the How to Apply tab, including a 500 word statement of interest.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications for a scholarship should be made by 31 July 2019.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fee: £1,600 (Fees include all programme materials, daytime refreshments and lunch in Lincoln's Inn on the final day).

A small number of discounted places have been reserved for those in the early stages of their career, students, and those working for non-governmental organisations. Please clearly register your interest for a discounted place within your statement of interest.

One merit-based scholarship is available for a delegate from a developing country, and will cover the tuition-fee only. Applicants will be assessed on the detail entailed in their statement of interest.

Enquiries

For any course related questions, please contact the convenor Dr Muin Boase: mb95@soas.ac.uk

For any general enquiries, please contact the SOAS Enterprise team: enterprise@soas.ac.uk 

Convenors

Structure

Day 1: Theories, Sources and Personality
  1. Practitioner perspectives on PIL
  2. Critical Approaches to PIL and Sources
  3. Law of Treaties
  4. Advocacy Training
  5. International Legal Personality
Day 2: Litigating International Law in England and Wales
  1. International Law in England & Wales and Jurisdiction
  2. Introduction to State Immunity
  3. Introduction to Diplomatic Immunity
  4. Academic Writing Workshop
Day 3: Responsibilities of states, individuals and corporations
  1. State Responsibility
  2. Responsibility of Individuals in ICL
  3. Parent company liability in tort law
  4. Negotiating a Treaty on Business and Human Rights
  5. Internet Companies and Human Rights Defenders
Day 4: International Courts and Tribunals
  1. The International Court of Justice
  2. Making and Defending an Investment Claim
  3. Roundtable: Rethinking International Investment Law
Day 5: Workshop Conference
  1. Workshop Participant Conference
  2. Making complaints to Human Rights bodies
  3. The future of Human Rights

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact hours: 32 hours (lectures, tutorials, workshops, roundtables) over one week and a supervision to provide feedback on the assessment.

Core hours: Mon – Fri, 9am-6pm.

Assessment:

An optional 2,500 word essay to be handed in one week after the course. 

Pre Entry Reading

Recommended Textbook:
  • James Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (OUP, 2012)
Other Useful Books (Not necessary to buy)
  • Malcolm Evans, Blackstone’s International Law Documents (OUP, 2018)
  • David Harris and Sandesh Sivakumaran, Cases and Materials on International Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
  • Jan Klabbers, International Law (CUP, 2017)

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

£1,600

Fees include all programme materials, daytime rereshments and lunch in Lincoln's Inn on the final day.

A small number of discounted places have been reserved for those in the early stages of their career. Please clearly register your interest for a discounted place within your statement of interest.

One merit-based scholarship is available for a delegate from a developing country, and will cover the tuition fee only. Applicants will be assessed on the information provided in their statement of interest.

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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