International Law and Global Problems - LW645

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
View Timetable
6 15 (7.5)
Canterbury Spring
View Timetable
6 15 (7.5) DR OT Oduntan


LW642 or LW506.





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.

By necessity these topics will vary, but an indicative list follows:

  • International legal methods, critical histories and theoretical perspectives
  • History and historiography of international law
  • Reconciliation, transition and conceptions of justice
  • International criminal law
  • Territorial disputes
  • Inequality, poverty and international law
  • Natural resource use and extraction
  • International law and the global political economy
  • International trade and biosecurity
  • International law and international relations
  • Key cases in international law
  • International Law and Violence
  • International Law and Migration
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    One 2 hour weekly seminar.


    Spring term.

    Method of assessment

    100% coursework consisting of one essay.

    Preliminary reading

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    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.

    University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.