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Undergraduate Course: International Law in Global Affairs (LAWS10228)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of international law in various areas of global affairs. It is an advanced course, assuming knowledge of the fundamentals of international law. It exposes students to a range of cutting-edge international legal issues across a wide range of sub-fields, from international human rights law, humanitarian law, international criminal law, law of the sea and global governance. It will be of most interest to those students with a generalist interest in international law or in world affairs generally, but could also complement more specialised international law courses.
Course description The course will be delivered as ten seminars on topics which may include the following:

IThe nature of international law
Global governance
Remedies in international law
Immunities and human-rights law
Justiciability and the act of state doctrine
Issues in the law of the sea
Issues in international criminal law
Terrorism and armed conflict
The law of armed conflict
Issues relating to the conduct of war
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: International Law Ordinary (semester 1) (LAWS08114)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explore the disciplines of international law with the purpose of understanding how global affairs are governed internationally through law. The focus is in particular on rules, institutions and doctrines developed over the last century to organise and legalise international life. It will address cross-cutting and contemporary issues across a variety of sub-fields of international governance, such as peace and war, human rights, the law of the sea, remedies, terrorism.
  2. Engage with complex areas of law and how to analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course
  3. Develop analyticall skills; Comprehension; Prioritization of points in argumentation; Writing skills, in particular summarizing information; articulation of opinion as well as justification of that opinion
  4. Engage in contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course. An ability to formulate opinions on complex materials as well as articulate their point of view.
  5. Critically reflect on some of the most critical problems and tensions that define the international legal order and current global governance. Identification and application of international legal rules.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsinternational law,global affairs,remedies,law of the sea,immunities,justiciability,terrorism
Course organiserDr Stephen Neff
Tel: (0131 6)50 2067
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386
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