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Introduction to International Law

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Overview

Academic Lead: Dr Paul Gragl

This course offers a broad as well as profound overview of international law and its various areas, its relations to politics, and current challenges of the international legal system. The focus will be on the theoretical background of international law as well as its practical implications in our globalised world. It will thus provide a critical, analytical, and stimulating perspective on the nature and scope of international law for every scholar interested in this field. Furthermore, our location in London will offer you not only access to law firms exclusively dedicated to international law (such as Volterra Fietta), but also to international organisations based in London (both better known organisations, such as the International Maritime Organisation and the Commonwealth of Nations, as well as lesser known organisations such as the International Coffee Organisation).

Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of structured study sessions, such as human rights training with experts from the British Institute of Human Rights, supervised library skills workshop, and assessment preparation for the coursework.

 

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with fundamental knowledge of the development of international law, its basic functions and workings, its role in our world today, and its most pressing challenges these days
  • offer you an overview of how international law affects domestic law, as well as individuals and their daily life
  • give you an understanding of the various fields of international law (eg legal sources, international organisations, environmental law and climate change, law of the sea and territorial disputes, etc) and how they are interconnected
  • explain the practical aspects of international law by showcasing the work of law firms engaged in international law cases and the work of international organisations based in London
  • engender an understanding and appreciation of the international legal system, as well as familiarising you with its significance for the law (both international and domestic) as well as politics
  • assess these contemporary challenges in structured seminars and through the proposed form of assessment (ie coursework)
  • enhance your analytical skills and your ability to critically engage with international legal problems, in particular by writing short essays and/or seminar papers (in the shape of the proposed assessment, both formative and summative) and giving an in-class group presentation.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, fieldtrips (to London-based international law firms and other relevant international organisations), and a human rights training workshop with the British Institute of Human Rights (based at QMUL).

Learning outcomes

By attending this course, you are expected to:

  • understand and explain the doctrinal basics of international law
  • acquire a substantial body of new knowledge in the various areas of public international law
  • apply this theoretical knowledge to practical cases in order to resolve legal problems
  • identify the key problems in international law and how these problems are interrelated.

You will develop/be able to:

  • comprehend complex legal problems by studying the underlying theoretical framework
  • debate critically and respectfully
  • work collaboratively on a group presentation
  • analyse concrete legal problems, apply the acquired legal knowledge to practical case examples in a rigorous way, and to evaluate possible ways to resolve legal problems in this particular context
  • acquire a critical approach in order to adapt your understanding to new and unfamiliar settings (synthesis).

Thereby this course will enable you to:

  • think critically and independently, and to express your views sensitively and effectively
  • explain and argue clearly and concisely and to develop effective spoken and written English by defending your arguments both in-class and in their coursework (clarity of communication)
  • undertake independent research, seeking out relevant sources and research materials
  • develop good judgement through concrete problem-solving; develop curiosity for contemporary legal problems that require a practical resolution; respect the opinions of others; and develop transferable key skills that you will be able to use in your future career (rounded intellectual development)
  • to critically analyse and synthesise the material acquired in this course in order to be able to resolve concrete legal problems in a global context (critical engagement with knowledge and the acquisition of a global perspective).

Fees

The QMUL Summer School costs: £1,499 per session, which includes tution and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current QMUL students 

Accommodation

On campus accommodation (bed and breakfast) will cost £899 per session.

Additional costs and course excursions

Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the Tuition and Social Programme Fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. Please check details for your chosen course to confirm whether there are any additional costs.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the QMUL Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the QMUL Summer School:

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 7 overall or higher
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 68
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70 - grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at summerschool@qmul.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications now open!

In order to apply for the QMUL Summer School please fill out the apply online to QMUL

Check out our accommodation and fee discount deadlines.

Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.

Application deadline: 25 May 2018.

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

What do I do next? 

  • work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at QMUL and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
  • gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
  • check that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • apply online to QMUL

What happens then?

  • we make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
  • you accept our offer
  • apply for a visa (if you need it)
  • book your flights to London**
  • read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
  • pack and get ready for your stay in London
  • arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
  • join the welcome programme and start your course
  • complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
  • enjoy your time at QMUL!

** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.

Teaching dates
Session One: 25 June 2018–13 July 2018
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 will be contact hours)
Assessment
In-class group presentation (20%), 2,500-word essay (80%)

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