Principles of Public International Law or Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies or Sovereignty & Statehood.
This course exposes students to the practice of law before international/regional courts and it equips them with basic skills in legal reasoning, writing, and oral argumentation. We will combine issues of content with legal skills so that students have a reasonable legal context in which to practice their advocacy or litigation skills. In this course students will be introduced to theoretical skills of negotiation and will put them in practice during a negotiation exercise. Furthermore they will practice their legal writing skills and oral pleading skills in at least two moot courts which will be organized during the course.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Describe and analyze the challenges lawyers encounter in negotiations and in a courtroom
Identify relevant facts and apply legal rules to those facts
Apply legal reasoning and perform legal writing
Analyze legislation, treaties and judgments
Appreciate the importance of litigation strategy
Present oral arguments
Once available, timetables will be published here.
Mode of instruction
Weekly lectures and workshops. This course consists of fourteen two-hour sessions (two sessions per week, for seven weeks). Students will work in groups for the mock negotiation exercise and the mock litigation exercise. Students will work on two mock litigation exercises so that progress can be traced.
Class Participation, In class participation- understanding and critical thinking on reading materials, 10%.
Practice of advocacy skills- negotiation exercise, (Group) In-class participation, 10%.
Written assignment – memorandum to principal, (Individual) Written assignment, 20%.
Practice of writing skills- Written submission/judgment in moot court 1, (Group) Written assignment, 20%.
Practice of oral pleading skills – Pleading in moot court 1, (Individual) Oral pleadings, 10%.
Practice of writing skills- Written submission/judgment in moot court 2, (Group) Written assignment, 20%.
Practice of oral pleading skills – Pleading in moot court 2, (Individual) Oral pleadings, 10%.
There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact email@example.com.
Dr. Darinka Piqani, firstname.lastname@example.org.