International Law continues to be of global relevance and importance to business practices, state agencies and legal advisers. With a broad appeal, this course attracts a variety of students, including law, international studies or politics graduates, as well as current legal practitioners. It provides an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of International Law, useful in almost any professional role and particularly so if you intend to pursue a career in an international field such as business, diplomacy or work for organisations with international operations.
We offer a varied and stimulating range of contemporary mandatory and optional modules, so you can shape the course to your best advantage or to suit your interests, with the option to specialise in international diplomatic relations, human rights law, corporate governance and environmental law.
We benefit from an extensive network of professional contacts, including The British Foundation for the University of the West Indies, Mills & Reeve LLP, The Commonwealth Secretariat, Leigh & Day Solicitors, No 5 Chambers (Birmingham), No 7 Bedford Row Chambers, (London), Bailey Wright & Co. Solicitors (Birmingham) and Angel Solicitors LLP (Coventry). We use these links to keep abreast of relevant contemporary issues within this dynamic sector. For example, we have recently examined the Brexit legal challenge and appeal to the Supreme Court, as well as the legal issues surrounding the approval for fracking to go ahead in the UK for the first time since 2011.
Receiving extensive guidance on research, study and writing skills, together with research design and methods, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct collaborative research within the sector on a topic of your choice. This previously has ranged from a look at whether how criminal sanctions can be imposed against corporations and a comparative analysis of criminal corporation liability for deaths in the workplace to the effectiveness of the Conventions Against Trafficking (CAT) in protecting victims and the definitions of violence in the Declaration of Violence against Women.
The School of Law benefits from tutors with a mix of Industry, academic and global experience, from countries including China, Nigeria, Ghana, Germany, Cyprus, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Argentina, Canada and USA. Our research expertise encompasses a wide range of issues, including: the adequacy of legal controls on MNEs and foreign direct investment; the effectiveness of international organisations and treaties involved in the protection of intellectual property; the problems of obtaining patents in multiple legal jurisdictions; managing legal risks in international sales transactions; whether the UK should sign the ‘Rotterdam Rules’, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea; the legal problems caused by pirates for cargo owners; and the effect of fraud on the bank's obligation to pay under a documentary letter of credit.