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LX401F: INTERNATIONAL LAW: A TIME OF CHALLENGES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:08


Course Overview

The course analyses recent developments in public international law. It first considers the sources of public international law. The question is then asked whether traditional public international law can regulate pressing issues on the international plane. Examples of these problems are: international terrorism, nuclear weapons proliferation, protection of human rights, ethnic conflicts, and climate change. The course encourages the student to think creatively as an international lawyer to resolve contemporary international dilemmas. Teaching will be delivered through discussion based seminars. Assessment is based on the drafting of an essay and an exam.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Irène Couzigou

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

  • Course Aims

The course aims to analyse recent developments in public international law, with a special emphasis on evidentiary problems of State practice. It first considers the sources of public international law and whether ‘soft law’ can be a substitute. The question is then asked whether traditional public international law can regulate pressing issues on the international plane, and how far it should change; examples of these problems are: international terrorism, nuclear weapons proliferation, protection of human rights, ethnic conflicts, and climate change. The course encourages the student to think creatively as an international lawyer to resolve contemporary international dilemmas.

Main Learning Outcomes

  • An enhanced knowledge of general public international law;
  • An ability to access, and use for analysis, relevant texts and electronic databases;
  • An ability to organise and communicate ideas clearly and cogently;
  • Skills of interpretation, analysis, critical reasoning, and independent thought in relation to current key aspects of public international law;
  • An ability to understand the political and historical context in which public international law operates and changes. Content: Analysis of recent developments of public international law.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

 

1st Attempt

  • 3-hour examination (75%)
  • 3000-word essay (25%)

Resit

  • Normally, no resit is available

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

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