LLAW6182 & JDOC6182

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6182 / JDOC6182
Course name: International Organizations
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Using the case method, this course explores the key court decisions that have helped establish the legal principles that empower and regulate international organizations. Analysis of these cases illuminates the relationship and tension between international law and politics in this area, as well as shows how courts help and hinder the development of international organizations, sometimes in the same case. Additional case studies will focus on contemporary problems facing a variety of international organizations. The debates and assessment exercises will strengthen students critical reasoning skills, in addition to fostering a sophisticated understanding of the law created for and by international organizations.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor James Fry jamesfry@hku.hk CCT 712 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Develop a sophisticated understanding of the law relating to and created by international organizations.

CLO 2 Critically explore such current themes as how best to control international organizations and whether there is a body of law common among international organizations or whether each international organization has its own body of law.

CLO 3 Improve your critical reasoning and writing skills through in-class debate and assignments.

CLO 4 Understand how international courts have helped and hindered the development of the law of international organizations, sometimes in the same case.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1
CLO 2
CLO 3
CLO 4

Assessment(s)

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Oral mid-term exam TBA 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
Research essay TBA 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hour(s) / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/