LL4AD      Half Unit
Rethinking International Law I: International Law and Contemporary Problems

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Susan Marks NAB7.14


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

 This course is part of the Public International Law specialism.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.


There are no prerequisites, but please note that students wishing to take Rethinking International Law II: International Legal Thought must have taken this course.

Course content

This course is designed for students who have already had some exposure to public international law and wish to deepen their understanding of the international legal dimensions of contemporary problems. Each week the relation will be explored between international law and a different global issue or theme. The latter are likely to include: war; terrorism and counter-terrorism; poverty and development; governance; territory and statehood; humanity; and collective memory. Course readings will encompass both legal literature and writing by scholars from other disciplines, such as geography, anthropology, philosophy, and literary studies.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be provided for each seminar on Moodle. Readings likely to be set include: D. Kennedy, Of War and Law (2006); S. Pahuja, Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (2011); B. Rajagopal, International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance (2003); and S. Marks, The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy and the Critique of Ideology (2000).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Students are expected to have done the set reading and be willing to participate in seminar discussion.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills