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School of Politics and International Relations

POL259 Politics of International Law

POL259 (POL259A - Autumn) Politics of International Law module at Queen Mary University of London School of Politics and International Relations

(POL259A - Autumn)

Level: 5

Semester: A

Credit Value: 15 credits

Module Convenor: Dr Peter Brett

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: POL106

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory L250, L25Y

Associate Availability: Full Year and Autumn only


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.

Assessment: 1 x case study 1500 words (40%) and 1 x 2000 word essay (60%)