Mestrado em Direito e Segurança Internacional
O Mestrado em Direito Internacional e Segurança é um programa inovador. Projetado para fornecer uma compreensão crítica do papel do direito internacional em matéria de segurança internacional.
- The programme deals with traditional as well as contemporary security issues such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, failed states or human security.
- It provides you with a clear overview of the broad scope of security threats facing the world and of their legal and political parameters, a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of international law in security issues through case studies and examines international security from different angles and perspectives.
- You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as security consultant or practitioner with governments, courts or international institutions.
- The programme is taught by a dedicated and expert staff who is approachable and eager to help out students. We also organise many conferences and workshops throughout the year and events for external speakers to present papers at the School of Law.
- We offer excellent facilities including our dedicated School of Law library. Our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre. Electronic resources are excellent.
- You will be encouraged to apply for internships with international criminal courts and tribunals and with international organisations such as NATO. With our support many students have secured internships.
- We have a very vibrant mooting programme and a dedicated Moot Courtroom. We have an outstanding record of success and you can participate in internal, national and international mooting competitions.
LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
The courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work. You are required to study two core courses and two or three courses from a list of options and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area.
- International law and international security
- International security and international relations.
Optional courses Law optional courses
- The settlement of international disputes
- International criminal law
- United Nations law
- European security institutions and law
- International law of human security
- International and European human rights law.
Optional modules from the MSc in Global Security
- The EU in international politics and development
- Diplomacy and discourse in international relations
- Ethics and international relationsv
- Insurgency and counter insurgency.
This programme provides a thorough academic and practical experience in the area of international law and security. You will be well placed for roles in law firms, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, government agencies, and the army.
A good first degree in law (2.1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2.1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law. We also consider applications from politics, international relations, European studies or war studies graduates.
If your first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
European Security Institutions and Law
Course code: LAW5128
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Nicholas Tsagourias
This course will provide students with an overview of the main European security institutions and of their legal regime. It will consider political as well as military institutions taking thus a more comprehensive approach to security. In particular it will consider the Council of Europe and its contribution to the political and human aspects of security particularly through the European Convention of Human Rights. Another institution that will be examined is the European Union. After a theoretical discussion of how the EU approaches security by looking into the membership criteria, it will concentrate on the European Security and Defence policy by examining its legal content, capabilities and actions such as its peacekeeping operations. In this respect the relationship between the EU and other institutions such as the UN, NATO or AU will be explored. Another institution that will be considered is NATO and more specifically its strategic dogma, capabilities as well as the legal regime that applies to its security actions. The OSCE is another organisation that will be considered and in particular its actions with regard to human rights and the protection of minorities. Overall, this course will provide a holistic and integrated view of European security institutions and a critical approach to the role of law therein.
- Trybus and White, European Security Law (OUP, 2007)
Note: this course will not run in 2012/13.
International and European Human Rights Law
Course code: LAW5035
Course Co-ordinators: Professor Jim Murdoch and Dr James Sloan
The course is designed to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the international and European human rights regimes. It focuses on the distinct but overlapping systems in place at the international level (under the auspices of the United Nations) and at the European level. The course will begin by setting out the various means by which human rights have been guaranteed and the mechanisms by which state compliance is ensured. The course will consider several important human rights guarantees from an International Law well as a European Law vantage point. The course also focuses on the domestic enforcement of the international standards.
- Rhona Smith, International Human Rights (OUP; 4th edn. 2010)
International Law and International Security
Course code: LAW5130
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Nicholas Tsagourias
This course will deal with the legal regulation of international security. After a historical overview from the Concert of Europe to the League of Nations, it will concentrate on the current system built around the United Nations. More specifically, it will focus on the prohibition on the use of force, the right to self-defence, humanitarian intervention and pro-democratic interventions, legal responses to terrorism as well as collective actions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. In this respect it will consider the law that applies to sanctions, peacekeeping operations, peace-building operations, authorisations as well as the legal regime that applies to regional organisations. The study of the above issues will be supported by investigations into current or past events such as the Kosovo case, the Gulf wars and so on. The course will also examine the role of law in providing for human security in cases of armed conflict. In this regard it will consider the law that applies to international and non international armed conflicts, the legal regime that applies to combatants and to civilians, the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights law, and the law of occupation. The above issues will be considered through national and international case law and jurisprudence.
- Dinstein, War, Aggression and Self-Defence (CUP, 2011)
- Dinstein, The Conduct of Hostilities under the law of International Armed Conflict (CUP, 2010)