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School of Politics and International Relations

POL259 Politics of International Law

POL259 Politics of International Law (POL259A - Autumn) 

Credits: 15
Semester: B

Module Convenor: Dr Peter Brett
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: States spend a great deal of time and effort justifying their actions with law. Yet international relations scholars have often doubted international law's ability to shape state behaviour. This course examines this by paradox by introducing students to the major debates about the politics of international law. These perspectives will be applied to the history of international organisations and (legal) order since 1919, including the development of collective security and humanitarianism at the League of Nations and United Nations.


Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None, Semi-compulsory for: L250, L25Y
Assessment: Case study -1500 words (40%), Exam (60%) Autumn semester only associates: To be confirmed, Case study-1500 (40%), Essay – 2000 words (60%)
Level: 5

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