Most lawyers, most of the time, determine their field of expertise by reference to some form of national law or international law. These are references to rules made by states. Business actors, on the other hand, increasingly relate to the regulatory importance of other types of normative instruments, not sanctioned as law by states. These instruments exist in great varieties, from codes of conduct regarding corporate responsibility, to so-called ‘informal international law’ on trade, to transnational human rights requirements for businesses drafted by one person but exercising a global sway, to private dispute resolution mechanisms for Internet disputes and other areas of transnational business. This module combines discussions of the practical, business implication of thinking about the very idea of law and practice-focused reviews of a select number of transnational business instruments.
Dr Thomas Schultz
Learning and teaching methods vary but may include watching video content, engaging in discussion forums, taking part in live chat/webinar sessions, self-directed activities, doing quizzes or working through interactive content designed to stimulate your thoughts and help you to apply knowledge.
You will be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study per week which may typically be broken down as follows:
- Directed study - 2 (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)
- Other activity - 2 (1 hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)
- Self-directed learning and assessment work - 16 (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)
Module assessment - more information
A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will typically be assessed by essay.