Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2144: International Law and the United Kingdom

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Caroline Fournet ()





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. Teaching on the module relies on specific cases, incidents or current challenges 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.

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