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2011/2012  KAN-2LPG  The Law and Politics of the Global Community

English Title
The Law and Politics of the Global Community

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics
Course Coordinator
  • Lynn Roseberry - Law Department
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Law
  • International Politics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After having followed the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify and explain the main theories of international law and place them in historical context.
  • Describe how the main theories of international law distinguish between international law and international politics.
  • Identify and explain what role non-state actors (i.e. natural and le-gal persons, international organisations) play in international law according to the main theories of international law.
  • Apply the theories of international law studied in the course to specific cases involving issues relevant to international organisations or businesses.
  • Explain how international law, as it is currently understood by modern theories of international law, is relevant to the activities of international businesses and organisations.
The Law and Politics of the Global Community:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period May/June
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
4-hour open book exam graded by teacher and second internal examiner according to the 7-point scale.

Re-examination: The regulations are the same as for the ordinary exam.
Course Content
The course builds on the foundations laid in International Business Law (no. 2 above). It provides insight into the processes that lead to the formation of international law, how international law is considered to be different from international politics, and how prevailing theories of international law, as distinct from international politics, affects the activities of international businesses and organisations. The course presents key theoretical perspectives on the defining features of international law as opposed to politics along with selected empirical illustrations. It aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of different theoretical approaches to the question of what makes international law different from international politics and to develop their ability to analyse issues of concern to international organisations and business in light of these theoretical approaches.
Teaching Methods
Lecture, class discussions and student presentations.
Basak Cali, International law for International Relations (Oxford 2010) and a compendium