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LL105: International Law: Contemporary Issues


Course Content

The overall purpose of the course is to engage students with international affairs through the study of the legal frameworks which govern them, while at the same time situating that legal framework within the material and cultural conditions of international politics.

The course will cover a selection of contemporary issues drawn from the following issue areas:

  • The protection of the global environment
  • Possibilities and challenges of global economic integration
  • The use of force in international politics
  • The promotion and protection of human rights
  • International criminal law
  • The laws of war (international humanitarian law)
  • The right of colonised and other subjugated or oppressed peoples to self-determination.

The course is not restricted to those with a background in law and typically draws students with an interest in international relations, global politics and global economic relations, as well as law.

Course outcomes

Students will be given a solid grounding in the foundations of the international legal order. However, the course will be problem-based, rather than doctrinal, and will focus on controversial and challenging issues in contemporary international politics – including the recent examples of the use of force, international economic integration, international criminal law and the promotion and protection of human rights. 

World-class LSE teaching

LSE Law has excelled once again in the UK’s nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK’s number one law school for legal research.

The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. LL105 lecturers, Dr Andrew Lang, Dr Devika Hovelll and Dr Chris Thomas, teach on a number of our undergraduate and graduate law modules, including Public International Law, International Economic Law and The International Law of Armed Conflict and the Use of Force.




There will be electronic resources for this course containing links to much of the essential reading. In addition, students should purchase both Evans (ed), International Law, 4th ed. (OUP: 2014), and Trebilcock, Understanding Trade Law (Edward Elgar, 2011).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice









Session: Two

Dates: 11 – 29 July 2016

Dr Andrew Lang
Dr Devika Hovell
Dr Chris Thomas

Level: 100 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Written work and one written examination

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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