International Law and Global Problems - LAWS6450

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This course explores selected global problems in their historical, social, political and economic contexts in light of international legal frameworks. The course begins with an examination of key critical perspectives in international law, such as Third World Approaches to International Law, before moving on to specific topics of historical or contemporary concern. Attention will be paid in particular to systemic problems of the global legal order and students are encouraged to analyse the limits and potential of international law to present solutions to global problems as well as the role played by international law in framing and constituting those problems in the first place.


Contact hours

Total study hours: 150
Contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
This module is assessed by 100% coursework:

Essay, 4,000 words (100%)

Reassessment methods

The module will be reassessed by a reassessment instrument of an essay for 100%.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Critically apply detailed knowledge and understanding of international legal principles and concepts to selected global legal problems.
2. Subject to critical examination the application of international law to global legal problems in the light of key theoretical debates and
specialized sources.
3. Critically understand the limits and potential of international law in addressing, constituting and challenging global legal problems.
4. Demonstrate systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives and methods in international law.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

5. Conduct detailed and systematic independent legal research using specialised skills, knowledge and sources across international law.
6. Formulate and sustain a critical and detailed legal argument supporting it with appropriate evidence.
7. Transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgment in the practical application of legal knowledge to
complex case studies.
8. Critically assess law within its different theoretical, historical, political, social and economic contexts.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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