SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHM125735
Module Leader Nicholas McKerrell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students will normally have taken the level 2 module Introduction to International Law, or equivalent.

Summary of Content

This module provides the student with an advanced understanding of international law. It examines specific topical issues within the field relating to statehood, self-determination, conflict, weaponry, and international crimes. The module explores the international law with reference to domestic legal systems, as well as international. This module provides a focus on developments to enable the student to obtain a holistic approach to understanding the application of international law. The syllabus is covered in a manner ensuring global issues are related to a local context, dealing with elements from a number of areas of international law. 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.


?- The United Nations. - Statehood. - Self-determination. - Armed Conflict. - Collective Security. - Nuclear Weapons. - The Arms Trade. - International Criminal Justice. - Contemporary issues in international law.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of international law.2. Critically evaluate the legal framework provided at a domestic and international level for pursuing litigation using international law.3. Analyse a given set of facts so as to identify the relevant legal issues arising therefrom and explain the relevant provisions.4. Evaluate the relevance of particular factual information, synthesise case law and legislation to reinforce legal points and synthesise different points of law when reaching a reasoned conclusion.5. Identify and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using paper and electronic sources; use primary and secondary legal sources relevant to the topic under study; present knowledge in written form in a way which is comprehensible to others and which is directed at their concerns; read and discuss legal materials which are written in technical and complex language.6. 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 teaching of the module will be delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Students will have a one hour lecture and two hour seminar per week during Trimester A, 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

T his is only a general selection of background reading. Students will be referred to current articles, press releases, and government publications, international reports, etc during the course of the module. Abass, International Law (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, 2012) Bantekas and Nash, International Criminal Law (3rd edn, Routledge, 2007) Bantekas and Oette, International Human Rights Law and Practice (2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2016) Cassese, International Law (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, 2004) Cassese and Gaeta, Cassese's International Criminal Law (3rd edn, Oxford University Press, 2013) Crawford, Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law , (8th edn, Oxford University Press, 2012) Dixon, McCorquodale and Williams , Cases and Materials on International Law (6th edn, Oxford University Press, 2016) Evans, International Law (5th edn, Oxford University Press, 2018) Evans, Blackstone's International Law Documents (13th edn, Oxford University Press, 2017) Klabbers, International Law (2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2017) Klabbers, International Law Documents (Cambridge University Press, 2016) Wallace and Martin-Ortega, International Law (8th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016)

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: Solving well defined (typically hypothetical) problems through coursework and seminars Managing, analysing and rating a large volume of legal sources in essay, online and seminar work Preparing two detailed assessments involving a large variety of legal sources 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: Meeting deadlines for coursework assessment Preparing analyses of problem questions for weekly seminars Access materials via the GCU Learn site Access and complete on-line assessment Require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials 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: Creating work in a permanent format which is understandable by the intended audience Create an essay which is analytical, descriptive and inquisitive Using appropriate legal terminology in all work - answer to seminar questions, exam and on-line exercise Listening and questioning effectively Giving and receiving feedback and responding effectively to others within seminar group and in discussion on presentations. Ensuring that all communications (either face-to-face or in permanent form) are succinct without losing focus on key issues or information. Communicating in plain English, with legal terminology only as needed Contributing effectively to group work in class and assessment Using recognised methods of citation and reference which will be used in coursework Preparing for seminars 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 email. 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: Word processed essays Use of Internet - general and specific - to research legal materials for seminar and coursework preparation Completion of online assessment Seminar tasks requiring retrieval of information using electronic legal databases from variety of legal jurisdictions (eg Westlaw, Hein Online, Lexis, government, international organisation websites) Communication with module team via email Participation in seminar discussions

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Online project (2000 words).
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Individual essay (2000 words).