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Undergraduate Course: International Law Ordinary 2 (LAWS08140)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course develops knowledge and understanding of (i) the international legal system; (ii) the main institutions which contribute to the development and application of international law; and (iii) the legal rules, principles and processes which govern key areas of inter-state activity.
Course description The indicative teaching programme for the course is as follows:

Dispute Settlement
International Organisations
State Responsibility
Human Rights
Law of the Sea
International Environmental Law
International Criminal Law
International Economic Law
International Law and Domestic Law
Diplomatic Law
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: International Law Ordinary (semester 1) (LAWS08114) OR International Law (IR) (LAWS08110)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students may enrol in this option if they have taken a course equivalent to International Law Ordinary in their home institution.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  180
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 hour examination accounting for 100% of mark.
Feedback Students will be able to complete a formative essay assessment mid-semester and will receive feedback which will be useful in relation to the summative assessment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)International Law Ordinary 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)International Law Ordinary 2 Resit2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic theories and methods relating to main subjects of international law.
  2. Have developed skills of case and treaty analysis.
  3. Demonstrate skills relating to (i) case analysis; (ii) legal reasoning; (iii) criticism; and (iv) legal research
  4. Have developed oral and written communication skills.
Reading List
Introductory Textbooks:
R. Wallace and O. Martin-Ortega, International Law (6th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 2009)
M. Dixon, Textbook on International Law (7th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013)
G. v. Glahn / L. Taulbee, Law Among Nations: An Introduction to Public International Law (Pearson 2012)

Advanced Textbooks:
M. Shaw, International Law (6th edn, Cambridge University Press, 2008)
M. D. Evans (ed.), International Law (3rd edn, Oxford University Press, 2010)
J. Crawford, Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law (8th edn, Oxford University Press, 2012)

Cases and Materials:
D. J. Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law (7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)
M. Dixon, R. McCorquodale and S. Williams, Cases and Materials on International Law (5th edn, Oxford University Press, 2011)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsInternational Law,Dispute Settlement,International Organisations
Course organiserDr Paul Behrens
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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