School of Law

SOLM032 Globalisation and the Law (Sem 2)

Module Description

  • Introduction: globalisation in historical perspective
  • Companies and group of companies I: commercial and legal perspectives
  • Companies and group of companies II: Nexus of contracts and property rights
  • Case studies: ENRON and HSBC
  • Protecting MNEs I: the national level – the corporate veil
  • Protecting MNEs II: the international/transnational level - the vanishing veil
  • Group and network liability: The Saro-Wiwa controversy
  • States and and Non-State Actors I: obligations of States and MNEs
  • States and Non-State Actors II: policy networks and law production: the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
  • States and Non-State Actors III: NGOs, social movements and the law
  • Global governance I: the rule of law in a globalised world 
  • Global governance II: international financial institutions, trade and investment
  • Global governance III: debt and development
  • The importance of tax evasion and avoidance: the joy of tax.
  • Sovereignty
  • Companies and human rights law
  • Climate change, the environment and globalised trade and investment

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Law
  • LLM in International Economic Law

Mode of Assessment

 3,000-4,000 word essay


15 Credits