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Undergraduate Course: International Law and Global Affairs (LAWS10171)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.

**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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 Rafael Lima Sakr
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2339
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