The Future of International Law: Transnational and Global Perspectives (718M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

We live in a highly interdependent and increasingly multi-polar world, in which states, corporations, international organizations and transnational networks all seek to achieve competing political and economic aims. The challenges posed by environmental harm, mass migration, outer-space and conflicts over territorial boundaries are challenging the role and very structure of international law.

In this module you examine how transnational and global perspectives attempt to address contemporary global challenges in areas beyond the jurisdiction of state(s), such as the oceans, outer space, cross-border and extraterritorial activities, and what proposals exist for transforming international law in response to these challenges.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.