Public International Law has traditionally been concerned with the structure and behaviour of sovereign states and intergovernmental organisations.
Over the past decades, however, international law has also progressively affected multinational corporations and individuals. Public international law has increased in use and relevance vastly over the twentieth century, due to a globalised world with an upsurge in global trade, environmental concerns, human rights violations, armed conflicts and a boom in global communications. You will, therefore, benefit from the study of law in these areas and under the direction of experts in this field.
The course offers a unique blend of delivery including guest lectures, electronic learning, lectures and seminars. LLM Public International Law caters for those working in, or pursuing a career in international legal firms or as international legal consultants, governmental organisations, international organisations, international non-governmental organisations. The course may also serve as a starting point for an academic career and as preparation for a
A 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent), a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a degree or appropriate training and/or experience.
Principles of International Law, International Organisations and the World Trade Organisation
The aim of the unit is twofold: Firstly it will provide you with a sound grounding in the principles underpinning international law. Secondly, and building upon the knowledge gained on the principles of international law, the unit will examine the World Trade Organisation as a prime example of an international organisation.
International Dispute Resolution
Cross-border and inter-State relations raise complex issues involving the law of more than one country. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers an alternative way of resolving disputes other than litigation. This unit will introduce the key concepts, forms and procedures of ADR and discuss its development and merits compared to litigation relating to both international commercial and public international law disputes.
International Cyber Law & Governance
An understanding of the principles of internet law and online policies (addressing principles of human rights law, criminal law, international law and copyright law inter alia) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. This unit will provide you with a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of online policy, regulatory scope for online activities and strategic impact on business decisions.
International Law of the Environment
This unit will examine the particular sectors of environmental policy that are the subject of international legal regulation and obligations. This will involve an appraisal of how international legal regulation has developed in these areas, taking into account various challenges, legal and political, that have been influential in shaping their respective evolution.
International Criminal Law & International Criminal Justice
This unit aims to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the subject of international criminal law and justice, a subject that has evolved rapidly throughout the past 20 years. You will be encouraged to review the law in light of these developments at international criminal justice institutions, most notably the International Criminal Court, but also within the wider framework of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
International Human Rights Law
This unit aims to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the subject of international human rights law, a subject that has evolved rapidly since 1945. To provide you with an understanding of the content of international human rights law and a critical appreciation of the relationship between international and regional human rights law with particular reference to the protection of human rights by the Council of Europe’s mechanisms.
Dissertation: An opportunity to conduct research on an area of law associated with the knowledge and skills you´ve gained. You´ll develop critical thinking skills, evaluate new and existing research and strengthen your conceptual understanding of law. This unit promotes self-managed learning by asking you to complete a significant piece of work.
Your career prospects will be enhanced and future career paths include working in the legal profession, for government agencies, in banking and finance, in accounting and professional services, or in academia.
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