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LL105: International Law: Contemporary Issues

Subject Area: Law

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Course details

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    LSE Law School
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Session oneNot running in 2024
Session twoOpen - 8 Jul 2024 - 26 Jul 2024
Session threeNot running in 2024


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In an increasingly interconnected and global world, where institutions like the International Criminal Court and the World Trade Organisation play a critical role in managing and facilitating relationships between different states, an understanding of International Law is of great importance.

The purpose of this course is to engage students with international affairs through the study of the legal frameworks which govern them, situating those frameworks within the material and cultural context of international politics. Focusing on controversial and significant issues in contemporary international politics, including recent examples of the use of force, international economic integration and the promotion and protection of human rights and the environment, you will actively engage in these topics through key readings, role-plays, and question and answer sessions.

By the end of the course, you will have a firm understanding of the structure and operation of the international legal order, having explored focused case studies including the war on terror, the international legal prohibition against torture, and the use of force in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Key information

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, although familiarity with legal terminology would be an advantage.

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)

Please note: Assessment is optional but may be required for credit by your home institution. Your home institution will be able to advise how you can meet their credit requirements. For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Is this course right for you?

This course is ideal if you want a solid grounding in the foundations of the international legal order. It 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. It is especially well-suited if you are pursuing a career in policy development, government, international relations or non-government organisations. 


  • Understand the structure and operation of the international legal order
  • Assess the legal frameworks which govern international affairs
  • Interpret the application of international legal frameworks using real-world case studies
  • Analyse the impact of international legal frameworks on contemporary international politics


Logan D'Amore, USA

The summer school has been great for my career, as I have met people from all around the world and learnt from their experience. That isn’t something I would have had at an internship.


The design of this course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Veerle Heyvaert

Professor Veerle Heyvaert

Summer School Programme Director, Law - Associate Dean of LSE Law School, Professor of Law

Mona Paulsen

Dr Mona Paulsen

Assistant Professor of Law

Gerry Simpson

Professor Gerry Simpson

Professor of Public International Law

Stephen Humphreys

Professor Stephen Humphreys

Professor of Law


LSE’s School of Law is one of the top-ranked Schools of Law in the UK, receiving the highest rating of 4* in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. It also ranked #3 in Europe in the 2023 QS World University Rankings. The School’s research output has a significant impact on national and international policymaking and on decision-making within business, government and other agencies.

Students have unique access to a wide breadth of courses that explore the biggest and most pressing issues affecting our society today. The courses are continually adapted to cover global social phenomena and contemporary developments within law. Many of the full-time graduates of the School of Law go on to play leading roles in law, politics, government, business, media and administration, in the UK and abroad.


Applications are open

We are accepting applications. Apply early to avoid disappointment.