Module leader: To be confirmed
The United Nations is the world’s foremost international organisation. With near-universal membership, the UN covers every issue area that affects countries from around the world and provides a forum within which States undertake significant work. Understanding the UN is central to understanding all areas of international law and international relations. Yet the UN’s laws and practices are oft-neglected subjects by law students and legal practitioners.
The aim of this course is to study the structure and work of the United Nations in order to understand how and why it undertakes its very many activities across the world. Students will acquire familiarity with the history leading to the UN’s creation, the structures and roles of the main UN bodies, and will be exposed to case studies on the different areas within which the UN works.
The course will involve interdisciplinary elements, and will require students to consider law within the broader historical, political and social contexts. The course will consider topics including, state sovereignty, peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian assistance dispute settlement, regionalism and global politics, and the role of non-state actors. Guest lectures may be delivered by senior national and international practitioners, depending on availability in any given year. The course will provide appropriate knowledge and foundations for those considering a career involving an international dimension or an area of practice involving international elements.