SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3M025710
Module Leader William Henderson
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to International Law, or other suitable eqivalent legal underpinning.

Summary of Content

This module is concerned with the study of the rules and principles of selected issues in International Economic Law, its law-making processes and the application of that law. It examines major aspects of the regulation of the global economy, through discussion of the position of sovereign states and other actors in IEL, including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization, as well as analysing related regulatory matters concerning investment, the environment, and international development. 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.


b7 Definition and Scope of IEL b7 Participants in IEL b7 Economic Sovereignty b7 Bretton Woods Institutions b7 Development in IEL b7 International Investment Law b7 The WTO as an Institution b7 Principles of WTO Law b7 Trade and the Environment b7 Dispute Settlement -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. develop advanced knowledge and understanding of rules, principles and approaches relating to International Economic Law and its role in globalisation to the level required of a reasonably competent professional in the field;2. enhance the student's ability in critical analysis and thinking;3. enhance the student's ability in problem-solving;4. enhance in-depth and independent learning and enable students to develop individual responsibility for conducting and organising their work;5. identify and evaluate their personal learning strategies utilising most up to date methods particularly information technology;6. 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.7. 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; and8. improve the students' written and oral communication and group work skills.9. PRME Learning Outcome: demonstrate an ability to explore ethical and socially responsible responses to issues arisingwithin the context of the law.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching of the module will be delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Students will have 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of seminars during the Trimester. This class contact will alternate between lectures and seminars, with students also being required to engage in directed and independent learning. The structured seminar and directed studies programme of learning to be undertaken will encourage active, student-centered learning which will enable students to access and analyse a variety of primary and secondary source material available on-line in order to continuously engage with the subject in both seminars and through online work. 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: b7 Herdegen, Principles of International Economic Law (3nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016) b7 Qureshi and Ziegler, International Economic Law ( 3rd edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2011) b7 Boyle and Freestone, International Law and Sustainable Development: Past Achievement and Future Challenges (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999) b7 Carmody, Garcia and Linarelli, Global Justice and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Prospects (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012) b7 Cassese, International Law (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005) b7 Dixon, McCorquodale and Williams, Cases & Materials on International Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017) b7 Jackson, Sovereignty, the WTO and Changing Fundamentals of International Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006) b7 Jackson, Davey and Sykes' Cases, Materials and Texts on Legal Problems of International Economic Relations, 5th (Thomson-West, Eagan, 2008) b7 Lester, Mercurio, Davies and Leitner, World Trade Law: Text, Materials and Commentary (2nd edn, Hart, Oxford, 2012) b7 Lowenfeld, Andreas, International Economic Law (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008) b7 Makarczyk, Principles of a New International Economic Order (Martinus Nijhoff, Dordrecht, 1988) b7 Matsushita, Schoenbaum and Mavroidis, The World Trade Organisation: Law, Practice, and Policy (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006) b7 Schrijver, Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties (Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, 1997) b7 Seidel-Hohenveldern, International Economic Law (3rd edn, Martinus Nijhoff, Dordrecht, 1999) b7 Shan, Simons and Singh, Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law (Hart, Oxford, 2008) b7 Van Damme, Treaty Interpretation by the WTO Appellate Body (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009) b7 Van den Bossche and Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials (4th edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017) Online sources: b7 International Monetary Fund <> b7 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development <> b7 United Nations <> b7 World Bank Group <> b7 World Trade Organisation <>

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: b7 Solving well defined ( typically hypothetical) problems through essay, and seminar discussion b7 Managing, analysing and rating a large volume of legal sources in essays b7 Application of law from a variety of jurisdictions and problem-solving in a legal context 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: b7 Meeting deadlines for assessment in essays and individual presentation. b7 Preparing assessed presentation in seminars to set time period b7 Preparing analyses of problem questions for weekly seminars b7 Access materials via the GCU Learn site b7 Require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials from a variety of legal jurisdictions: domestic and international 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: b7 Creating work in a permanent format which is understandable by the intended audience b7 Create an essay which is analytical, descriptive and inquisitive b7 Using appropriate legal terminology in all work b7 Giving face-to-face presentations with seminar leaders which addresses the allocated question within the prescribed time frame. b7 Listening and questioning effectively b7 Giving and receiving feedback and responding effectively to others within seminar group and in discussion on presentations b7 Ensuring that all communications (either face-to-face or in permanent form) are succinct without losing focus on key issues or information b7 Communicating in plain English, with legal terminology only as needed. b7 Using recognised methods of citation and reference which will be used in coursework b7 Preparing for seminars b7 Engaging in and researching for individual assessed presentation 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: b7 Word processed essays b7 Use of Internet - general and specific - to research legal materials b7 Seminar tasks requiring retrieval of information using electronic legal databases from variety of legal jurisdictions e.g. WTO & ICSID case databases b7 Communication with module team via e-mail Participation in seminar discussions

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 105.00
Seminars (FT) 11.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 50.00 35% Essay 2 on WTO related issue, 1800-2000 words.
Essay n/a 50.00 35% Essay 1 on general IEL related issue, 1800-2000 words.