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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5866M Global Governance through Law

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Amrita Mukherjee

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

This is a Law module, therefore some background knowledge in law would be of an advantage.

Module replaces

LAW5865M Global Governance through Law

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will explore and critically assess the legal and conceptual frameworks that make up global governance in the in the post-Westphalian age.


On completion of this module, students should be able:
- to explore the key concepts, theories and approaches that are central to the understanding of global governance through law;
- to explore contemporary issues that relate to cross border legal problems and new spheres of action, authority and normativity in global governance;
- to understand the governance of global issues such as the use of armed force, climate change, institutions of governance and international dispute settlement;
- to understand the dimensions of global governance including international law, transnational regulation, legal pluralism and global constitutionalism;
- to explore how theories and philosophies of global governance and international law may be applied in contemporary societies.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
- understand and analyse growing international multi-level governance through legal frameworks and institutions;
- understand demonstrate knowledge in depth of substantive areas of global governance studied within the module;
- critically analyse conceptual and normative principles and disputes;
- synthesise relevant primary and secondary sources, bringing together materials from a variety of sources and make critical judgements on the merits of particular arguments and propose a reasoned choice between alternative solutions;
- make written presentations in this field of study which are coherent, cogent and logically structured with evidence of appropriate research skills (including referencing).

Skills outcomes
Critical analysis of theory, research, concepts and philosophies of global governance.
Critical reading across academic disciplinary boundaries.
Use of library and web-based research legal and policy documents, including intergovernmental and regional sources and electronic databases and to conduct independent research.


1. The globalization of governance and International Law
2. Nature and purpose of global governance
3. The sources of global governance
4. Fragmentation
5. Global Legal Pluralism
6. Global Health and Pandemic Governance
7. Indigenous People and International Law
8. Climate and Agriculture and Food Security
9. The Use of Armed Force
10. Ocean Governance
11. Judicial Dispute Settlement

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours276.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal monitoring in class; first assessment submitted during term time.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay60.00
PresentationIndividual presentation20.00
Poster PresentationIndividual poster20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/09/2022


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