LAW8130 : Global Security Law

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       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

•       The role and evolution of United Nations peacekeeping operations
•       The international legal response to terrorism
•       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 increasingly important matters of energy and resource security in such contexts as oil and water
•       The international community’s efforts to tackle cross-border trafficking of drugs
•       The issue of disaster response and humanitarian assistance

List of Seminars (Provisional):

•       United Nations peacekeeping operations
•       Counter-Terrorism
•       Disarmament
•       Maritime Security
•       Cyber Security
•       Energy and Resource Security
•       Drug Control
•       Disaster Response Law

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study801:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars 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.

Private study constitutes self-directed study (especially in preparation for the assessed coursework) as well as study on the basis of the previously shared seminar questions and reading list.

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
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.

Reading Lists