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International Law: Contemporary Issues

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL105
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we will no longer be offering this course in summer 2020. Please check our latest news on this situation here.

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 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. 


Session: Two
Dates: 13 July – 31 July 2020
Lecturers: Dr Devika Hovell


 

Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)


*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Prerequisites

None, although a familiarity with legal terminology would be an advantage.

Programme structure

  • 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

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. 

Teaching

LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty.

Reading materials

There will be electronic resources for this course containing links to much of the essential reading. In addition, students should be sure to have individual access to both Evans (ed), International Law, 4th ed. (OUP: 2014), and Trebilcock, Advanced Introduction to International Trade Law (Edward Elgar, 2015).

*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

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