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LAW8230 : Global Security Law

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Conall Mallory
  • Lecturer: Dr Elliot Winter
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the international regimes applicable to key contemporary security issues;
• To provide students with an awareness of the historical and political factors against which the regimes have developed and the various actors involved;
• To enable students to critically assess the various responses taken by the international community to security issues;
• To enable students to identify future security issues;
• To provide an exposition of how violations of the law are identified and enforced; and to consider the limitations inherent in this context;
• To develop students’ capacity for critical analysis and problem solving;
• To develop students’ research skills through the preparation of coursework and class presentations;
• To encourage student-driven learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline Of Syllabus (note that all topics may not be covered each year)
• The United Nations institutions with responsibility for peace and security
• The role and evolution of United Nations peacekeeping operations
• The international legal response to threats to peace and security
• The approaches to disarmament, for example, in the context of nuclear and biological weapons
• The rules on maritime security, especially piracy
• The response to cyber security threats such as cyber warfare, espionage and hacking
• The regulation of private military contractors
• The issue of disaster response and humanitarian assistance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00In person lectures introducing topic, on substantive class content & pre-exam (Could be moved onlin
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities71:007:00A combination of online materials, podcasts and blog posts will be published on each topic.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00In person workshops (Flex: could be delivered as on-line Zoom seminars)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1071:00107:00Own reading and revision of substantive module content, with directed readings in advance of seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Four one-hour Q and A sessions placed throughout the module
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module aims to cover six topics related to global security law in significant depth. Each topic will be presented as a package, including one hour of short recordings of lecture material, one hour in-person (or synchronous lecture) and one two-hour in person (or online) workshop. Prior to this delivery, students will have one introductory lecture and a thematic workshop, and prior to the exam students will also have a pre-exam lecture.

Workshops provide an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and thorough discussion of the matters under consideration, allowing for the examination of detailed issues and the contribution of all students in the group. Students are required to undertake in-depth preparation, including by undertaking independent research, and to develop and present legal arguments to the group by reference to academic commentary, the law and the jurisprudence. This allows students to develop research and analytical skills, to develop substantial legal arguments, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the complexities and impact derived from the interaction between different legal orders on the status of individuals. The drop-in sessions are strategically positioned to assist students at the start of the year, mid-semester and before their formative and summative assessment points.

The teaching methods have been adapted for delivery in the post-COVID environment and are based on the presumption that in person lectures, seminars and in-person drop-in sessions will be possible but that this shall need to be supplemented by making alternative arrangements under ‘FLEX’ in case of the possibility of more limited possibilities for on Campus teaching).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A1003 out of 6 questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2AAnswer one question from two options. The essays will familiarise students with standard of postgraduate work. 1500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish substantial knowledge in the subject. The examination tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding by applying the skills that need to be developed over the whole module. The examination provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthesise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus.

Alternative assessment for exam: if the exam cannot take place due to public health circumstances, it will be replaced with a 24 hour take home exam.

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