INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2M225675
Module Leader William Henderson
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Public Law, or equivalent suitable legal underpinning.

Summary of Content

This module introduces the field of international law. The first part of the module introduces students to the structural issues in international law, including the development of sources of international law, including custom and treaties. It includes studies of the state, international institutions, state and diplomatic immunity, and international wrongs. The second part of the module introduces students to thematic or substantive issues involving the operation of international law, including those arising from armed conflict, prosecution of international crimes, protection of the the environment, and regulation of the global economy. The role of lawyers in society is changing - lawyers are increasingly expected to be pro-active in the prediction and prevention of unethical as well as unlawful behaviour across all areas of society. The delivery of the module will embed PRME principles including: developing graduates who care about social responsibility; developing learning and teaching which enables graduates to become responsible leaders and practitioners; and developing graduates who will advise businesses and other stakeholders to explore mutually beneficial responses to social and legal challenges.

Syllabus

Structural issues in International Law Nature of International Law Sources of International Law Actors in International Law Jurisdiction and Immunities State Responsibility Peaceful Settlement of Disputes Thematic issues in International Law Use of Force International Human Rights Law International Environmental Law International Economic Law International Humanitarian Law International Criminal Law

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:• Demonstrate a comprehension of the legal sources, principles and themes underpinning international law.• Use appropriate terminology applicable to matters such as actors in the international legal system, treaties, custom, jurisdiction, and immunities.• Explain, apply and analyse the law relating to states, international institutions, and individuals in international law.• Identify and synthesise the international legal issues arising in practical problems.• Appraise and synthesise legal concepts so as to construct a persuasive argument using recognised sources of international law in justifying their application to a given set of facts.• Update acquired knowledge in order to keep pace with changes in relevant areas of international law.• Identify and retrieve up to date legal information using paper and electronic repositories; use primary and secondary legal sources which are relevant to the topic under study and current at the point of assessment; present knowledge and information using sources to support arguments and conclusions; provide recognised methods of citation and reference.• Identify accurately and formulate clearly the legal issues to be researched; undertake independent research (both paper-based and electronic) in areas of law which have not been previously studied, using paper and electronic repositories to research new topics without reference to a reading list.• PRME Learning Outcome: demonstrate an ability to explore ethical and socially responsible responses to issues arising within the context of international law.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered over one Trimester. Students will attend two hours of lectures and one seminar hour per week. In conjunction with this Blended Learning will be fully utilised with lecture materials, seminar problems, and additional reading available via GCU Learn. The structured programme of learning undertaken will encourage active, independent student centred learning by requiring students to access and analyse a variety of primary and secondary source material in order to address and solve set questions and case studies. Internationalisation: The delivery of this module will set Scots, UK and EU law as appropriate in an international context. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: 1. Students will be provided with feedback within three weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action to be applied in future submissions. The tutor will also provide generic feedback at the seminars where coursework will be handed back. Students may also discuss any points with their lecturer or tutor. 2. The virtual learning environment site will be used to feedback overall performance by students on all summative assessments highlighting overall strengths and weaknesses. 3. Discussion boards will be used to encourage teacher and peer-to-peer dialogue on certain topic areas where this form of communication would be regarded as effective. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire.

Indicative Reading

Books Martin Dixon, Textbook on International Law (7th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013) Anders Henriksen, International Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) Jan Klabbers, International Law (2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2017) Malcolm Evans, Blackstone's International Law Documents (13th edn, Oxford University Press, 2017) Jan Klabbers, International Law Documents (Cambridge University Press, 2016) Journals American Journal of International Law Cambridge Law Journal European Journal of International Law Human Rights Law Review International and Comparative Law Quarterly International Review of the Red Cross Journal of International Dispute Settlement Journal of International Criminal Justice Journal of Conflict and Security Law Journal of International Economic Law Leiden Journal of International Law London Review of International Law Online sources http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ UK Legislation http://www.bailii.org/ British and Irish Legal Information Institute http://www.worldlii.org/ World Legal Information Institute http://www.amnesty.org/ Amnesty International http://www.coe.int/ Council of Europe http://www.echr.coe.int/ European Court of Human Rights http://www.icj-cij.org/ International Court of Justice http://www.icrc.org/ International Committee of the Red Cross http://www.icc-cpi.int/ International Criminal Court http://www.nato.int/ NATO http://pca-cpa.org/ Permanent Court of Arbitration http://www.un.org/ United Nations http://www.wto.org/ WTO

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Analysis, Synthesis, Critical Judgement and Evaluation The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information to construct written or oral solutions to a problem by bringing together and integrating relevant information, and selecting key material, from a variety of different sources. The ability to present arguments for and against propositions, acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Preparing for and participating in seminars/tutorials Preparing for and delivering coursework Answering questions in the final examination Personal Management, Independence and Ability to Learn The ability to organise and prioritise effectively the expenditure of time and effort in the performance of all aspects of student work. The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon their learning, seeking and making use of feedback. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Preparing for lectures Consolidating material delivered at lectures Supplementing delivered material with additional reading Reflecting on lecture, handout and self-searched material Preparing for and participating in seminars/tutorials Preparing for and delivering coursework Preparing for final examination Communication and Literacy The ability to communicate information, ideas, advice and choices in an effective and succinct manner and in plain English without losing focus on key issues. The ability to listen and question effectively, to give and receive feedback and to make presentations addressing an allocated topic within the prescribed time frame. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing (and, where appropriate, by the use of electronic means) using the English language accurately by creating work which is comprehensible to the intended audience. The ability to create documents which are analytical, descriptive and inquisitive using appropriate terminology and recognised methods of citation and reference. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Consolidating material delivered at lectures Supplementing delivered material with additional reading Reflecting on lecture, handout and self-searched material Preparing for and participating in seminars/tutorials Preparing for and delivering coursework Reflecting on feedback from seminar contributions, coursework and examination performance Preparing for final examination Answering questions in the final examination Numeracy, Information Technology and Teamwork Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, the ability to present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form. The ability to produce and present in an appropriate form a word-processed essay or other appropriate format. The ability to conduct efficient searches of websites to locate relevant information; and exchange documents by e-mail. The ability to work productively and cooperatively in different kinds of groups; to establish working relations with others, defining, sharing and delegating responsibilities within the group. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Consolidating material delivered at lectures Supplementing delivered material with additional reading Preparing for and participating in group meetings and other group activities Preparing for and participating in seminars/tutorials Preparing for and delivering coursework Preparing for final examination

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 11.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 125.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 35% Examination with Statutes allowed (Exam diet) 2 hours Exams office
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% 1500 word individual essay (end of Trimester)