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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2146 International Law

20 creditsClass Size: 240

Module manager: Dr Amrita Mukherjee

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW2147Foundations of International Law

Module replaces

LAW2145 International Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

International law concerns all aspects of contemporary global problems. Its structures and rules are developed and applied by States, international organizations (and to some extent non-state actors) to create peaceful co-existence. However, this distinct system of law needs to contend with constantly evolving challenges and forces which question international law’s authority, legitimacy and values. In particular, the decolonisation of international law, contests many of its assumptions and Eurocentric focus which have disadvantaged so many. This module will explore a diverse range of subjects. We will study together the laws that decide independent statehood, whether and how the ocean floor should be exploited and when states are allowed to use military force against other states. These are some of the major issues that the module explores with a view to analysing the significant role of the international legal order.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of international law as a legal system distinct from national legal systems;
- demonstrate knowledge in depth of substantive areas of international law studied within the module;
- analyse international disputes in terms of applicable legal rules and propose arguable solutions to concrete problems (actual or hypothetical) in the light of such analysis;
- 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.

Skills outcomes
- Reinforcement of discipline-specific skills in learning to 'think like a lawyer', including finding, understanding, using and applying legal principles and rules.

- Development of intellectual skills and expertise in analysis, synthesis, critical judgment and evaluation, logical argument, organisation of information, oral and written communication and presentation of materials.


Nature and purpose of international law
The sources of international law
Territory and self-determination
Decolonising International Law
Use of Force
Law of the Sea.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,500 word essay100.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:15:25


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