Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM117: The Law of International Organisations

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Law of International Organisations: the UN, EU, NATO and AU
  • Conference, Contract or Constitution?
  • Legal Personality and Powers
  • Membership and Financing
  • Law-making of International Organisations
  • Regional Organisations under Public International Law and their role as security providers
  • Use of sanctions by International Organisations
  • Use of military force by International Organisations
  • Co-operation between International Organisations in practice: the case of crisis management and effective multilateralism
  • Accountability and Responsibility of International Organisations  

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3311 x 3 hours seminars: the main teaching method for the module consists of weekly seminars requiring active participation by all students under guidance of the module convenor.
Guided Independent Study94Assigned seminar readings.
Guided Independent Study150Preparation for the summative assessments.
Guided Independent Study20Preparation for the formative assessment
Guided Independent Study3Attendance at relevant events organised by the Exeter Centre for International Law.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

United Nations

European Union

African Union