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

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Susan Marks NAB 7.14


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 formal prerequisites. 

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, such as war, poverty, terrorism, humanity, and territory. Course readings will encompass both legal scholarship and relevant writing by scholars from other disciplines (geography, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, etc.).


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

There will be a reading week in week 6. 

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; S. Pahuja, Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality; B. Rajagopal, International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance; and S. Marks, The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy and the Critique of Ideology.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) 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 2015/16: 20

Average class size 2015/16: 20

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills