Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW2144: International Law and the United Kingdom
This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Aurel Sari (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introduction to international law and its growing significance for the United Kingdom. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore how the UK relies on international law to address global challenges, ranging from counter-terrorism to climate change, but how it also uses international law as an instrument to advance the national interest. The module first examines the relationship between English law and international law, before turning to discuss how international law serves as a framework for international competition and for the pursuit of shared objectives. We will explore these themes by taking a problem-oriented approach. Each lecture will rely on a specific case, incident or current challenge to illustrate the operation of international law in a particular field. This approach will enable you to study a wide range of topics, such as the legal status of diplomats, the threat posed by disinformation and cyber operations, the permissibility of humanitarian intervention, the treatment of refugees, the role of the United Nations, and the workings of international trade.
There are no pre-requisites for this course. The module may be taken by students who wish to study other international law modules in their third year. However, it is not necessary to take this module as a pre-requiste in order to enrol on third year international law modules. Students will be expected to attend relevant seminars convened by the Exeter Centre for International Law.