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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical and methodological tools to explore the connection between law and international development. What is the role of the law in the fight against global poverty? What is (or should be) the contribution of the law to social and economic development? What are the key differences between bottom-up and top-down approaches to development, and why do they matter? We will analyse these questions at the international and domestic levels, discussing practical considerations whenever possible. An emphasis will be made in developing countries, usually depicted as lacking proper rule of law - where human rights abuses are too common, corruption is rampant and public officers are not accountable for their misdeeds. To what extent is this bleak description accurate across the developing world? How has the scenario changed in the last two decades?

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline materials and tutorials with supervised activities to help students develop a detailed analysis of rule of law issues in specific countries throughout the subject. Assessment via case study. In-class description and discussion of key theoretical approaches. Assessment via case study and exam. In-class description and analysis of the connection between law and development at a global scale. Assessment via reaction paper, case study and exam. Detailed lectures on why these problems arise, specifically the connection to social, political and economic problems; coupled with one (1) hour tutorials focused on a specific issues discussed by students in their work, and relevant online materials. Assessment via reaction paper, case study and exam.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities or Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsLST2LDC OR LST2LID OR LST3LDC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse the role of legal reform in ensuring economic development at the domestic level, from disparate points of view, comparing different situations via case studies
02. Discuss advanced notions about the law, international development, and the connection(s) between the two, from different theoretical perspectives.
03. Discuss in detail the connection between law and development at the international and global scale.
04. Distinguish, understand and critique in a sophisticated way the origins and specific manifestations of challenges concerning the rule of law in different contexts, such as corruption, violence, and weak protection of fundamental rights.

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