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.
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.
The School of Law is one of the largest departments at the LSE, and has recently been ranked 7th in the 2014 QS World Law School Rankings. 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