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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5830M International Economic Law

15 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr. Maria Anna Corvaglia

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The big shifts in international economic relations witnessed in the recent past have underlined the significance of the interrelationship between international law and economic globalisation. In this context, this course will consider and evaluate in some detail a select group of topics within international economic law. It will provide an overview of the interrelationship between international law and economics, the evolution and the regulatory framework of the international economic order; the multilateral trading system and global finacial regulation, and the international law of sustainable development.


The objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the international legal framework of international economic governance. It will provide an overview of the legal foundations of global economic governance and the regulatory frameworks governing international economic relations. It will situate international economic law within a broader understanding of its interactions with other international and national, legal and non-legal processes, and its socio-political context.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the evolution of international economic order and the present regulatory framework of international economic law;
2. Exercise critical analysis and comparative evaluation of the workings of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund;
3. Critically discuss the intersection between International economic law and development, including the role of the United Nations and its economic agencies, the international financial institutions and bilateral aid agencies;
4. Critically evaluate and articulate ideas on the contemporary challenges emerging in international economic governance, like the influence of the principle of sustainable development and, the rise of preferential trade agreements and the fragmentation of global supply chain;
5. Apply the knowledge obtained in relation to international economic disputes so as to identify and analyse problems which arise in the law and practice of resolving economic disputes between States as well as between States and private companies;

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Be able to critically engage with a broad range of specialised literature and synthesize relevant information on the main regulatory features of international economic governance.
2. Be able to prepare and produce clear, sustained, and well-structured arguments, essential for higher research degrees and advanced professional roles related to international economic law.
3. Develop enhanced research and written communication skills, essential for the dissemination of complex legal concepts.
4. Engage in independent learning and independent problem solving.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 04/04/2024


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