Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3181: United Nations Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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:

  • The UN as a system of collective security and the changing nature of security-threat relations in a globalised world
  • The institutional framework of the United Nations with a particular emphasis on the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly
  • The nature of the UN: conference, contract or constitution of the international community?
  • Powers of the UN
  • Peaceful methods of dispute resolution and conflict prevention
  • The use of economic sanctions
  • The use of military force: peace enforcement and peace-keeping
  • The Responsibility to Protect
  • Regional organisations as partners to the UN in the maintenance and restoration of international peace and security, with a particular emphasis on the African Union and the European Union
  • Membership and financing
  • Law-making
  • Accountability of the United Nations


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 Activities2211 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities63 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study55Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent Study15Seminar Preparation
Guided Independent Study12Formative Assessment Preparation
Guided Independent Study40Summative Assessment Preparation

Online Resources

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

United Nations http://www.un.org/en/index.html

Other Learning Resources

Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations, Advisory Opinion, ICJ Reports 1949, p 174

Certain Expenses of the United Nations (Art 17, para 2, of the Charter), Advisory Opinion, ICJ Reports 1962, p 151