LAWSG178 Law of Treaties
|LAWSG178: LAW OF TREATIES|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in International Law|
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one mock examination|
|Final Assessment:||One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
Treaties are a central means by which states and international organisations regulate their relationships under international law. The collection of the United Nations Treaty Series currently contains over 180,000 treaties, multilateral and bilateral, between states and between states and international organisations. These cover a wide range of subject matters, such as trade, investment, human rights, refugees, disarmament, the environment, the law of the sea, the use of cross-border watercourses, and boundary delimitation. Additionally, most international organisations, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the European Union, and the Council of Europe, have been created by treaty. The conclusion and entry in force of treaties, the observance, application, and interpretation of treaties, their amendment and modification, their invalidity, termination and the suspension of their operation, as well as succession of states in respect of treaties and the effect of war on the operation of treaties – all these fundamental issues, which arise in relation to bilateral and multilateral treaties of any subject matter, pertain to the law of treaties and form the focus of this course. This course will provide an overview of the law of treaties, some rules of which are customary. It will examine the rules contained in three treaties:
The analysis will be put in the context of modern debates relating to treaties in various areas of international law, and will make use of literature, the work of the UN International Law Commission (‘ILC’), and international case law in various fields, such in relation to the WTO Agreement, treaties in the area of the law of the sea, investment treaties, human rights treaties, treaties on the protection of the environment, on natural resources, as well as treaties on international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
The intention is to illustrate and to prepare students for the application of the law of treaties in different substantive areas of international law, and to demonstrate the specific challenges and developments regarding the law of treaties in diverse areas of international law.
The course is composed of four parts.
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.