Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM117: The Law of International Organisations

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 Activity30Seminars (10 x 3 hours): the main teaching method for the module consists of weekly seminars requiring active participation by all students under guidance of the module convenor.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Exercise: this activity will take place over two days and simulate a command post exercise to provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
Guided Independent Study197Assigned seminar readings.
Guided Independent Study55Preparation of the assessed/summative essay.
Guided Independent Study12Preparation of the assessed/summative poster presentation
Guided Independent Study3Preparation for the simulation exercise.

Online Resources

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

United Nations

European Union

African Union