Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3181: United Nations Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Julia Schmidt ()





Available via distance learning


Following the Second World War, the United Nations was founded in 1945 to provide a system of collective security which is open to all peace-loving states. With the UN Security Council, a central decision-making body was created with the primary responsibility to maintain and restore international peace and security. In 1988, the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces have been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. However, the United Nations face many challenges today. These include, for example, the call for UN Security Council reform, the  development of the concept of the Responsibility to Protect and calls for greater accountability of the United Nations. The module United Nations Law will provide you with a thorough understanding of the design, working methods and current challenges faced by the United Nations. By studying the United Nations, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the law of international organisations more generally.

Prior exposure to public international law is not required.

The combination of theoretical approaches with a discussion of recent developments relating to the United Nations and their practical implications will be of particular interest to you if you intend to work for an international organisation, if you are interested in a career in public international law or if you are interested in the United Nations as an international actor more generally.

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