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Undergraduate Course: International Law and Global Affairs (LAWS10171)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryIt will consist of a broad overview of the fundamental topics in international law. It will include the study of such fundamental topics as: sources of international law and the law-making process; statehood and recognition; the relation of international law to domestic law; the law of treaties; peaceful settlement of disputes between states; state responsibility; remedies; international organisations; diplomatic law; law of the sea; human rights; the use of force; and UN enforcement action.
The core aims of the subject are to provide a broad exposure to the fundamental, structural features of modern international law, which can then be the basis for further international-law studies which students might wish to undertake, of a more specialist character.
Course description Indicative teaching programme

1. Introduction/general natural of international law
2 and 3. Law-making
4. International law-domestic law
5. Statehood/recognition
6. Diplomatic protection
7 to 9. Peaceful settlement
10 and 11. Treaties
12 and 13. State responsibility
14. Remedies
15. International organisations
16 to 18. Use of force
19. UN enforcement

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  27
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay counting 30 per cent of the mark. An unseen written examination will count for 60 per cent of the mark. Students will also be assessed via class participation, worth 10% of the final mark.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and Sources of Law: A crucial feature of the new course will be the study of the process of international law-making, i.e., of the formation of customary international law and the law relating to treaties. Judicial law-making will also be a key topic.
  2. Subject-specific Skills: These will include knowledge of key structural elements of international law, such as law-making, statehood, treaties, state responsibility, international organisations and the functioning of international tribunals. In certain areas, there will be a focus on substantive law, as in diplomatic law, law of the sea and human rights.
  3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills: General transferable skills will include the close and critical reading of cases and treaties, as well as research techniques.
  4. Key Personal Skills: It is hoped that self-discipline, critical thinking and conscientious study will be strong features of this course.
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KeywordsInt Law and Global Affairs
Course organiserDr Kasey Mccall-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 4524
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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