International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Karen Smith and Dr Pilar Elizalde


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option.

It is open to all interested research students and faculty in the Department of International Relations and it is available with permission to students on other programmes.

Course content

IR507 is part of the research-training programme for all research students working on the theory, history and/or practice of international institutions, international law and ethics.  The workshop's principal objective is to foster intellectual exchange by showcasing new and innovative work from leading and emerging scholars. The workshop will provide a forum in which research students can present their work, discuss the theoretical and methodological problems involved, discuss common challenges in conducting research in this area and obtain feedback on their work.  Research in this area runs from the study of intergovernmental and nongovernmental institutions and global governance, to the politics of international law, to the ethical and normative dimensions of global politics. It includes, but is not limited to, the study of international institutions such as the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and the International Criminal Court and international issues such as human rights, humanitarian intervention, climate change, global health and international crime.


A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the MT. A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the LT.  Some of these will be delivered online.


This course is not assessed.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2020/21: 3

Average class size 2020/21: 3

Value: Non-credit bearing

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