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  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

How international law and international relations affect security issues, such as responses to terrorism or environmental security.

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The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

The LLM is taught by an expert, multi-disciplinary team of international lawyers and political scientists. The programme allows you to study contemporary issues, both from a legal and international relations perspective. With more than 20 modules to choose from, it also allows you to focus your studies along your interests and future career plans. The course is relevant to anyone wishing to pursue a career in international law or international relations or to those who want to broaden their horizons and learn about current global issues.

In addition to small group teaching, Dundee is renowned for its vibrant learning environment where students and lecturers interact, both inside and outside the classroom. For anyone interested in international law and international relations, Dundee offers ample opportunity for learning. Dundee University is dedicated to the multi- and inter-disciplinary study of security and justice. There is also the student-led Dundee International Law Society, which organises regular seminars, colloquia, debates, roundtables and presentations on a wide range of themes. It allows LLM students to arrange conferences and other events and to interact with leading experts, as well as other students.

Who should study this course?

Are you thinking of a career in international law or international relations, as a legal practitioner, an adviser to government, within the military or police forces, or working with or for intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations, or NGOs such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent? Then this degree (or its MLitt equivalent) is aimed at you.

I took the course to enhance my particular understanding of the relationship between international relations and criminal justice issues. It became clear however that the course had surprising application for international lawyers interested in corporate governance, anti-corruption law, international commercial law, and international environmental law.

Because we live in an era of crime without boundaries and the real and imagined threat of terrorism, learning how to expertly analyze the legal and practical responses of individual states and the international community to these dangers is important. Assessment of whether international law, domestic legal regimes and joined-up institutional responses are fit for purpose is the critical feature of the course.

The student learning experience benefits from a series of on-point readings, directed socratic method seminars, and open discussion of key cases. Critically, there was ready access to an international faculty with real world experience in applying international law in national jurisdictions.

Simon M. Burke
Former Senior Executive Officer, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Ontario, Canada and Senior Policy Advisor to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study.  Both the Guardian and Times league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. 

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare you for a successful career, at home or abroad. We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that you have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of you in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

We seek to integrate you into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.

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How you will be taught

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions and tutorials, with an emphasis on seminars that build on reading done on the basis of the specific reading lists provided.

What you will study

You will take three modules in each semester, plus Legal Research Skills (taught in two blocks at the start of each semester) and will present a Dissertation (written over the summer).

Not every module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and essays. The courses taught by Law share a common pattern; those in the autumn semester are assessed by exam and those in the second semester by essays. In each case you will be given a chance to practice this style of assessment and given feedback on your performance before the formal assessment.

This pattern ensures that you will gain experience of different styles of assessment, testing both breadth and depth of knowledge and developing writing skills in advance of tackling the Dissertation. The Dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted and Legal Research Skills by a combination of a short essay and a presentation.

Compulsory modules

Masters Dissertation

Aims

  • to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas of law
  • to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
  • to build upon and develop the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught masters modules through an extended piece of independent work

Example of content

Independent research on an area of law agreed and supervised by a member of staff.

SCQF Credits

50

Legal Research Skills

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key elements of legal research and writing, supporting the acquisition of the (transferable) skills necessary to succeed in the LLM and beyond and in particular providing a sound basis for progress to the dissertation element of the Masters degree.

Examples of content

  • legal research
  • reading critically
  • writing critically
  • writing techniques
  • research methods
  • research ethics
  • presentation skills
  • approaching a dissertation

SCQA credits

10

International Law & Security

Aims

This module aims to give students advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to International Law and Security and to inculcate a theoretical understanding of the concept of security in international law.

Examples of content

  • collective security
  • the United Nations Security Council
  • Security Council: economic sanctions
  • the prohibition on the use of force
  • the Security Council: use of force
  • the law of armed conflict
  • United Nations peacekeeping

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Optional modules (as approved by Adviser of Studies)

You must take any two of the following modules:

Credits:20

Overview

The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and specific legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and transboundary natural resources.

The emphasis is on ensuring a proper understanding of the existing legal mechanisms and international regimes applicable to various types of natural resources located beyond States’ jurisdiction or control.

Module leader

Dr Sergei Vinogradov
Credits:20

Overview

The module aims to provide an understanding of the regulatory and contractual mechanisms required to make a single jurisdiction work in relation to petroleum law. The emphasis is on providing the student with knowledge and understanding of the differences (and similarities) between regimes based on licences, and those based on production sharing contracts.

All oil and gas law throughout the world is the same at a basic level – international law determines which state is entitled to the resource; the entitled state grants rights to individuals to extract the resource; the individuals agree amongst themselves as to how to split the costs and benefits; there is unitisation if necessary; the production is taxed; pipelines etc are built to move the production; the production is sold; and the facilities are ultimately decommissioned. This module aims to show the different models states adopt to facilitate petroleum production, including showing the role for state companies.

Module leader

Stephen Dow

Credits: 20

Overview

The course deals with selected issues central to understanding international and national environmental policy and law related to production and consumption of natural resources and power generation. It addresses, in particular, environmental problems arising in connection with production and transportation of petroleum (both on-land and offshore), mining activities, use of nuclear energy, including production of uranium and disposal of radioactive wastes, and use of fossil fuels, including transboundary air pollution and global climate effects. A special emphasis is placed on the solutions for environmental problems provided by various national regulatory systems, in particular British and North American.

Module leader

Dr Sergei Vinogradov

Credits: 20

Overview

Project financing is a tool, not an outcome in itself. This course recognises that energy projects are frequently financed by lenders. Where the lenders are content to accept repayment solely from the revenues of that project – not from the wider revenues of the sponsor – there is a limitation of recourse (or at the extreme an absence of recourse). That is project financing. The course looks at how various types of energy project can be structured to achieve that goal. The bank is not an equity risk taker – its business is to take credit risks. Project finance will force the bank to take a degree of project risk, so the bank will demand a contractual structure which mitigates that risk exposure. The course is concerned with understanding the risks for various energy projects – oil development; gas development; power generators; mining projects etc – and seeing how the principle risks inherent in those projects are moved by contract to the party best able to bear the risk. The course understands that where the bank is happy with the project risk profile, it will lend. If the bank is not happy with the project risk profile, it will not lend. The course looks at the risks which can be moved and how are they moved to a party acceptable to the lender – whilst at the same time ensuring that the holder of that risk is happy with the level of payment for taking that risk.

Module leader

Stephen Dow

Credits:20

Overview

The main objective of this course is to help the students to understand the int’l environments and of the interaction between international relations (IR) and energy and natural resources industry. This module, together with International Political Economy, is being introduced in order to provide an important political element to the MBA, LLM and MSc Programmes in general, and to form an important part of the specification of Geopolitics of Energy in particular.

Module leader

Dr Janet Xuanli Liao

Credits:20

Overview

This module will provide students with foundation knowledge on how taxes and non-tax instruments are used by governments and the extractive industry to promote natural resource development while deriving revenues for the state and profits for extractive firms. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of the complex issues of tax regimes and the skill to analysis current topics or controversies, with the objective of providing competent strategy or policy advice to either governments or resource firms. Students will be prepared to compare and evaluate alternative taxation regimes, including environmental and international tax issues. Some topics covered in the module include; resource rent taxation, royalties, direct and indirect taxes, general structure of PSAs/PSCs, transfer pricing, and current issues from around the world. This module does not teach skills in accounting, financial analysis or tax law.

Module leader

Dr Ariel Bergmann

Credits: 20

Overview

To enable students to understand the evolving complex practical issues of international arbitration, in the context of both investment relationships between states and foreign investors as well as those between parties to normal commercial contracts, faced by lawyers as counsel to the parties and as arbitrators and to equip them with the necessary skills on how to handle such issues.

Module leader

Professor Pieter Bekker

Corporate Governance

Aims

This module aims to to provide students with a knowledge and critica lappreciation o faspects of corporate governance.

Examples of content

  • A range of topical issues which might include:
  • Distribution of power within companies and governance mechanisms
  • Voluntary Codes, comply or explain and the place of information
  • Shareholders and the Stewardship Code
  • Risk, auditors and internal control
  • Board effectiveness and culture

SCQF credits

20

 Module Reading List

Private International Law of Business Transaction

Aims

This module aims to provide students with advanced instruction in several key aspects of private international law that are of particular relevance to business transactions in an international context.

Examples of content

The syllabus will evolve in line with new legislative developments. The module may comprise thefollowing elements:

  • resolving international commercial disputes, comparing and contrasting litigation, arbitration & ADR
  • jurisdiction in contractual matters
  • prorogation of jurisdiction (Brussels & Hague)
  • inter-relationship of Brussels Ia and Arbitration
  • choice of law in contract (Brussels & Hague)

SCQF credits

20 credits

Module Reading List

Environmental Regulation

Aims

To provide an overview of the main concepts and legal mechanisms used in regulating human impact on the environment.

Examples of content

  • introduction and regulation
  • liability
  • licensing
  • enforcement
  • market mechanisms
  • integration and environmental governance
  • overview

SCQF credits

20

International Criminal Justice

Aims

The module aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and the problems of the operation of international criminal law.

Examples of content

  • introduction to the history of international criminal law.
  • the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court.
  • the substantive law of international crimes.
  • the roles of different actors in the trial process.

SCQF credits

20

Transnational Crime and Counter Terrorism

Aims

This module will examine the international legal response to transnationalcrime (in particular organised crime) and terrorism.

Examples of content

  • nature and extent of organised crime and the general international legal response
  • judicial co-operation –extradition
  • judicial co-operation –mutual assistance
  • the internationallegal response to terrorism
  • review of national legal responses to terrorism

SCQF credits

20 credits

Global Human Rights

Aims

The aim of this module is to examine the concept of human rights as a global phenomenon, to examine and compare theoretical or philosophical insights that support the articulation of human rights in a variety of international, regional and national instruments, and to assess the contributions of a selection of writers from the Global South to global human rights discourse.

Examples of content

This module will consider the human rights debate from the perspective of the Global South. Specific themes to be covered include:

  • the history and concept of human rights
  • universality against relativism
  • human rights in Africa 
  • human rights in the Muslim world
  • human rights in Asia

SCQF credits

20

Private International Law (Common Law Perspectives)

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide advanced instruction in several key aspects of private international and procedural law that are of particular relevance to civil and commercial litigation in a European and International context.

Examples of content

  • Principles of Jurisdiction –a comparison between English and US traditional rules
  • Principles of Jurisdiction –the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the UK, US & Australia
  • Principles of Jurisdiction –the role of the anti-suit injunction in the UK and the US
  • Common Law Jurisdiction vs CivilianPrinciples of Jurisdiction
  • The Hague Conference Judgments Project

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Public International Law

Aims

To introduce students to public international law and to familiarise students with the framework and mechanisms of the international legal system and provide them with knowledge of the core international law topics and a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues attached to public international law.

Also aims to facilitate the development of transferable analytical, research and communication skills, and to promote a critical approach to public international law.

Examples of content

  • subjects of international law
  • sources of international law
  • peaceful settlement of disputes
  • the use of force in international law
  • state responsibility
  • jurisdiction

SCQF credits

20

Legal Frameworks for Water Resource Management

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the fundamental legal principles that govern the management of national freshwaters and the factors that influence their application.

Examples of content

  • relevance of fresh water management to global policy agendas, and the role of law.
  • examination of demands made on governance of water resources management by global change.
  • water use rights allocation mechanisms with respect to surface and ground waters around the world.
  • management of pollution control with respect to surface and ground waters from point and diffuse sources.
  • legal aspects of flood management, including disaster response, land use management, interface with broader water management issues, and institutional issues.
  • key factors influencing effectiveness of legal frameworks relating to freshwater and dependent ecosystems.
  • use of case studies.

SCQF credits

20 creditds

Principles of Corporate Law

Aims

To develop critical understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles which underlie company law and corporate finance in the UK

Examples of content

  • Separate Legal Personality and Limited Liability
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Shareholder Remedies and the Protection of Minority Shareholders
  • Equity Financing and Debt Financing
  • Companies in Trouble

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Banking Law and Financial Markets

Aims

To examine the regulation of financial services and markets in&n a global context, with particular reference to the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Examples of content

The syllabus will evolve in line with new developments. It is envisaged that the module may comprise the following elements:

  • introduction to banking and financial services regulation and the context in which the industry operates, including its recent history.
  • main features of the regulation of financial services at the UK and EU level.
  • substantive law relating to financial services (I): Contract and tort.
  • substantive law relating to financial services (II): Property and crime.
  • the interaction of financial services regulation and competition policy.

SCQF credits

20

Competition Law

Aims

This module provides an advanced understanding of modern competition law with primary focus on the law and policy of the EU and UK. It covers the main areas of competition law that students would be most likely to encounter in practice, enforcement, or further legal research.

Examples of content

This module focuses on cartels and restrictive agreements; abuse of a dominant position;and the review of mergers and acquisitions under competition law:

  • introduction to competition law and policy
  • the law relating to horizontal restrictive agreements
  • the law relating to vertical restrictive agreements
  • introduction to competition law and practice relating to abuse of a dominant position
  • merger clearance law

SCQF credits

20 credits

UN Human Rights Law

Aims

To examine critically the law, institutions and procedures relating to the promotion and protection human rights by the United Nations

Examples of content

  • The development of human rights in the UN
  • Treaties, and non-treaty based UN institutions and procedures
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic and social rights
  • Specialist areas including Discrimination, Torture

SCQF content

20

Module Reading List

Principles of E-Commerce Law

Aims

This module aimsto provide an introduction to and overview of the main concepts and legalissues associated with the law relating to E-Commerce and e-commercetransactions in the United Kingdom.

Examples of content

  • Introduction
  • Intellectual Property in the Electronic Environment
  • Governance and Regulation of Electronic activity
  • Electronic Contracts
  • Consumer Related Issues
  • Enforcement and Conflict of law issues

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Intellectual Property Law

Aims

This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of key concepts in intellectual property law from a UK perspective as affected by European and international influences and a critical appreciation of the key social and economic issues and influences associated with the topics.

Examples of content

  • A range of topical issues which might include
  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design rights
  • The digital environment
  • Intellectual Property in the European Union

SCQF credits

20

International Taxation Law

Aims

To examine critically the law relating to taxation in an international context. The module will look at jurisdiction to tax individuals and businesses, the causes of double taxation and ways in which domestic systems seek to deal with double taxation where activities attracting taxation are carried out over more than one country –namely through double taxation treaties. The module will look at how different countries seek to protect their tax base against tax avoidance.

Examples of content

  • jurisdiction to tax –corporate residence
  • permanent establishment
  • taxation of business profits
  • double tax treaties –interpretation
  • international tax avoidance
  • BEPS and countering international tax avoidance

SCQF credits

20 credits

Governance and Regulation of Water Services

Aims

The aim of the module is to develop a critical understanding of the options for ownership and structure of water services, the importance of good governance and the role of economic regulation in both the public and the private sectors.

Examples of content

  • global policy agendas surrounding water resources and water services
  • broad options for ownership and structure of water services (public, private, PSP)
  • comparative legal frameworks for water services regulation
  • the role of economic regulation, its relationship to economic and social goals and models for regulation
  • regulatory frameworks for drinking water quality and service standards; waste water treatment; on-site sanitation
  • the role of governance in water services delivery
  • the human right to water

SCQF credits

20 credits

Politics modules

You must also take any two of the following Politics modules:

Module details

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of key concepts and methods of study in the area of International Politics and Security. We alert students to the different kinds of explanations which are offered for various characteristics and events which loom large in international politics.

Topics covered include:

  • the concepts of 'sovereignty' and its significance to the discourse & practice of international politics
  • the idea of 'power' in the international system
  • theories of integration
  • theories of aggression & war, historical explanations
  • explanations in social sciences
  • explanations and security studies
  • the concept of 'globalisation'

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  • 2 x 3,000-3,500 words (40 credit module)
  • 2 x 2,000-2,500 words (30 credit module)

Teaching

Teaching and learning is by two-hour seminars. Seminars will involve both the delivery of information, theory and concepts and student-led presentations. 

Discussion, face-to-face feedback and advice is facilitated by the support of the teaching staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the key concepts of International Politics and Security
  • An appreciation of how different subject materials require different forms of explanation or appreciation
  • An understanding of the basic premises of scientific, social scientific, international relations, and historical modes of explanation
  • Sensitivity to the problems of objectivity, making truth claims, and understanding
  • Awareness of contemporary debates about the problems of explanation, knowledge, and understanding
  • An ability to manipulate concepts and information in this area in an advanced analytical fashion

Module aims

  • The ability to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the political and societal context from which they originate
  • The differing domestic, regional and international responses they provoke
  • The analytical tools to critically assess contemporary counterterrorism policies of Middle Eastern and extra-regional actors

Module details

Students will gain an understanding of the scope and nature of terrorism as it relates to the Middle East.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  •  2 x 3,500 word (40 credit)
  •  2 x 2,500 word (30 credit)

Teaching

This module is delivered through regular seminars. 

Intended Learning Outcomes 

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. offer a detailed analysis of major manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East;
  2. explain the emergence of “new” forms of terrorism;
  3. identify the challenges regional and international actors face in confronting terrorism;
  4. assess the impact of Western counterterrorism policies on the evolvement of terrorism in the region;
  5. critically evaluate discourses on Middle Eastern terrorism within Western media and academia.

Transferrable Skills

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Through the essay research process, students will learn to manage time pressure, and make concise explanation of their arguments, and:
    1. Demonstrate the development of research skills
    2. Demonstrate subject specific research techniques
    3. Apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems
  2. The essays will develop students’ critical capacities to assess both political and documentary evidence, and to make written arguments in a coherent, structured and persuasive way.
  3. Preparation of the essays will help develop skills of information technology (word processing and the use of the internet for research purposes).
  4. Through their seminar participations, students will be able to:
    1. Perform their cultivated inter-personal skills
    2. Perform their oral and written communication skills
    3. Increase their confidence in making oral arguments and giving short presentations before an audience.
    4. The seminar format will further encourage discussion and debate of differing viewpoints.

Module details

In the first part of this module we examine the basic features of the Russian political and economic system and the key developments which have taken place since Russia emerged as an independent state in January 1992. We examine the interaction of Putin’s foreign, domestic and security policies and their impact on Russia’s democratic transition. Putin’s key aims are to make Russia a great economic world power and it would appear that he is willing to sacrifice democracy to achieve this aim. We also examine Russia’s search for a new identity. Is Russia a European, an Asian or a Eurasian country?

In the second part we turn to an examination of Russian foreign and security policies with a particular focus on the Putin era 2000-2014. An important area of discussion which runs through the module is the impact of Russia’s geopolitics on its foreign and security policies. In particular we shall focus on Russia’s relations with the EU and the countries of the "near abroad", but we shall also note the important developments that have taken place in Russia’s relations with Central Asia, the USA and China.

We also examine the impact of EU enlargement, NATO expansion and the colour revolutions on Russia’s domestic and security policy. Under Putin we have witnessed continuous efforts to restore Russia’s status as great power in the image of the old Soviet Union and more recently we have seen the adoption of a number of key policies aimed at bringing back key countries of the Near-Abroad into the Russian sphere of influence. Thus, for example we have seen the creation of the Eurasian Union which has been built around the existing free trade group of Russia, Belorussia, and Kazakhstan. More recently we have seen a battle between the EU and Russia over the "soul" of Ukraine which is seen in Russia as being the cradle of the Russian state and its orthodox religion. Does Russia’s annexation of Russia signal a radical turn in its relations with the West? Are we moving into another cold war?

Another key area covered by this module is Russian energy policy which has become a major plank of its foreign policy. Energy is the only major economic field where Russia plays a leading role - in all other areas, Russia cannot match the weight of the United States, China, Japan, or the European Union. By building new pipelines and terminals, using supplies to gain control of key infrastructure, keeping other CIS oil producers’ dependent on Russian pipelines, and opening a new window on Asia, Russia’s state agencies and oil companies have helped to shape the country’s relations with neighbours from west to east.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  • 2 x 3,000-3,500 word (40 credit)
  • 2 x 2,000-2,500 word (30 credit)

Teaching

Learning and teaching is conducted through 10 weekly two-hour seminars plus student presentations, discussion and supervision.

Introductory Readings

  • Graeme Gill and James Young, Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society (Routledge, 2012)
  • Stephen White, Understanding Russian Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Richard Sakwa, Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (Routledge, 2013).
  • Stephen White, Henry E. Hale, Richard Sakwa (eds.), Developments in Russian Politics 7 (Palgrave, 2009)
  • Jeffrey Mankoff, Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Council on Foreign Relations Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
  • Andrei P. Tsygankov, Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity  (3rd ed.   Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013).
  • Jackie Gower and Graham Timmins, Russia and Europe in the Twenty-First Century : an Uneasy Partnership (Anthem Press, 2009).
  • D. Johnson and P. Robinson (eds.), Perspectives on EU-Russia Relations (Routledge, 2013)
  • Adrian Dellecker and Thomas Gomart (eds.), Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011)
  • Jeronim Perovic, Robert W. Orttung, and Andreas Wenger, Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for Conflict and Cooperation (Routledge, 2009)

Module details

As the title suggests, this module lies close to the central concerns of the MLitt International Politics & Security degree. The module will explore and distinguish between:

  • transnational security which is concerned with intergovernmental action to deal with broad security threats, often of a non-political nature (cross-border crime; illegal drugs etc.), we cover:
    • the nature of contemporary transnational security threats
    • organized transnational crime
    • the 'terrorist' dimension
    • the relationship between international 'crime' and political conflict
    • the special case of drugs
    • forms of governmental responses to transnational security threats
    • cooperation and conflict in multi-state and multi-agency responses
  • multilateralsecurity which involves collective international action (in the form of peacekeeping; humanitarian intervention), usually through an international organization, to confront local threats to the general security of the international system, covering:
    • the dimensions of multilateralism in international security
    • international organizations and “traditional” collective security
    • the defining characteristics of peacekeeping
    • the new agenda of humanitarian intervention
    • peacemaking and peace-building

On completion of the module students will have an understanding of the many facets of international 'security' and the distinguishing characteristics of different categories of security challenge and unilateral and collective responses to them.

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted 3,000-3,500 word essays.

Teaching

Learning and teaching is conducted through 10 weekly two-hour seminars. Seminars will involve both the delivery of information, theory and concepts and student-led presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students should:

  • have an awareness of the complexity of contemporary security challenges faced by both the nation state and international organizations
  • inderstand the complex dynamics of unilateral, bilateral and multilateral security cooperation and their political implications
  • be aware of the common complicating factors in relations between national governments and the international organizations of which they are members in the pursuit of security ends.

The following skills will be developed in the course of the module:

  • capacity to location of relevant primary material relating to the concerns of the module
  • facility with textual analysis of primary and secondary material (principally government and international organization documentation)
  • development of capacity for written analysis, assessment and evaluation of relevant material
  • skill in oral presentation and explication of complex concepts and arguments in the area of transnational and multilateral security
  • a capacity to undertake effective cooperative group work

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the study of human rights in international relations, particularly to regime theory;
  • To encourage students to examine human rights through the comparative perspective of international law and international relations;
  • To challenge students to analyze complex human rights problems and make informed arguments on these issues;
  • To give students the opportunity to discuss on-going human rights crises and topical issues using normative arguments and empirical literature; and
  • To facilitate the development of argumentative and research skills.

Module details

This module introduces students to regime theory in international relations and uses the international human rights regime as a case study. The creation, implementation, compliance, and enforcement of regimes will be discussed with reference to human rights-related issues. The focus of the module is on examining various explanations for the efficacy of the human rights regime in ensuring the protection of human rights by its member states. Evidence gathered utilising quantitative and qualitative methods will be presented to students for assessment.

We explore the following key areas:

  • regime theory
  • applying regime theory to understand the creation and implementation of the human rights regime
  • the role of polity type, civil war, economic development and civil society in regime compliance
  • the role of sanctions and armed intervention in regime enforcement
  • the role of actors such as transnational corporations and non-state armed groups that are outside the regime

Assessment

This module is assessed by two equally-weighted essays -

  •  two x 3,000-3,500 word essays (40 credit)
  •  two x 2,500 word essays (30 credit)

Teaching

This module is delivered through weekly seminars. 

Indicative Reading

  • Haas, Michael (2008) International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Landman, Todd (2005) Protecting Human Rights: A Comparative Study, Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
  • Landman, Todd (2006) Studying Human Rights, Abingdon:Routledge.
  • Goodhart, Michael (2009) Human Rights: Politics and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fagan, Andrew (2010) The Atlas of Human Rights: Mapping Violations of Freedom Around the Globe, University of California Press.
  • Simmons, Beth (2010) Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Haggard, S. & Simmons, B. (1987) Theories of International Regimes, International Organization, 41, 491-517
  • Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P. & Rittberger, V. (1996) Interests, Power, Knowledge: The Study of International Regimes, Mershon International Studies Review, 40, 177-228
  • Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P. & Rittberger, V. (2000) Integrating Theories of International Regimes, Review of International Studies, 26, 3-33
  • Krasner, S. (1983) International Regimes. Cornell University Press
  • Oye, K. (1996) Cooperation under Anarchy. Princeton University Press
  • Rittberger, V. (1997) Regime Theory and International Relations. Clarendon Press

Intended Learning Outcomes 

Having successfully completed this module, students should have:

  • Knowledge of the basic literature and normative and empirical debates in human rights and international relations;
  • Knowledge of regime theory and its application to understanding the role of human rights in international relations;
  • Experience in the application of international relations theories and evidence to current issues;
  • Basic skills necessary to evaluate the methods and evidence used in academic, policy, and advocacy research; and
  • Improved essay writing and research skills.

Students will also be able to analyse and research normative and empirical issues concerning regime theory and human rights protection.

This modules aims to:

  • examine the dynamics of human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the legal and political frameworks for addressing human rights abuses in conflict
  • explore the range of responses available to remedy human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the potential and limitations of these responses

Topics covered include:

  • Human rights abuses as driver and outcome of conflict
  • Ethics of humanitarian intervention
  • Related responses to mass atrocities: humanitarianism, peacekeeping, prosecutions, other forms of accountability
  • Who should intervene?
  • Case studies, potentially including Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria

Assessment:
The course comprises a 1500 word critical case study (30% of the assessment weighting for the module) and 3500 word final essay (70% of the assessment weighting for the module).

Optional modules

This modules aims to:

  • examine the dynamics of human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the legal and political frameworks for addressing human rights abuses in conflict
  • explore the range of responses available to remedy human rights abuses in conflict
  • understand the potential and limitations of these responses

Topics covered include:

  • Human rights abuses as driver and outcome of conflict
  • Ethics of humanitarian intervention
  • Related responses to mass atrocities: humanitarianism, peacekeeping, prosecutions, other forms of accountability
  • Who should intervene?
  • Case studies, potentially including Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria

Assessment:
The course comprises a 1500 word critical case study (30% of the assessment weighting for the module) and 3500 word final essay (70% of the assessment weighting for the module).

Graduates of the International Law and Security programme have gone on to work in private law practices, central and local Government, international agencies and several have moved on to doctoral research and academic careers.

Dundee Law graduates have reached the highest levels of success in the profession as senior partners, Queen's Counsel, judges and as front bench politicians. In addition, the focus of the programme on global issues and affairs provide a strong basis for pursuing a career in international law and international political contexts, such as the European Union or the United Nations.

Alternatively, the programme can be a stepping stone for work in civil society, such as charities, environmental organizations or other international non-profit organizations.

Graduates can also put their communication, research and analytical skills to work in a range of careers in the public or private sectors, including education, finance or the media.

With its distinctive interdisciplinary features and distinctive opportunity to combine theory with practice, graduates from this course are highly valuable to employers as they gain expertise across at least two disciplines.

The Masters programme is also an excellent basis for undertaking further postgraduate study in International Law or International Politics, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.

Learn more about careers related to Law on our Careers Service website.

I undertook the Individual Criminal Liability in International Law module in the final semester of my LLM. I really enjoyed the discussion and debate that we had in class; our Lecturer encouraged us to use what we had learned from our reading and to apply it to different problems and circumstances. We had to think a lot about complex concepts which was mind bending and frustrating at times but satisfying when we final 'got it'! The course wasn't directly relevant to my work, I work in the public sector within child protection services, but I gained a huge amount transferable skills, particularly around analytical thinking and writing, that have benefited me in my career.

Kathryn Sharp
Lead Officer, Child Protection Dundee Child Care and Protection Committee

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in law. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered. If you are concerned that your qualifications do not meet our normal expectation then please contact us.

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Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

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Dundee Law School
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