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Introduction to International Investment Law LAW5182

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Introduction to International Investment Law provides participants with a general overview and introduction into the complex subject of investment law. It foreshadows many of the themes and issues explored in the specialised 15 credit courses of the programme.


15 seminars of 2 hours each, to be delivered through a mix of online and classroom teaching.

Requirements of Entry

Excluded Courses



Not applicable


Summative assessment through a combination of coursework: 5,000 word essay (50%) and a 2 hour exam (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

In the framework of the LLM in International Investment Law and Arbitration, this course is offered as an introduction to the key themes and challenges. It provides an overview of the legal regime of investment protection, and equips students to appreciate the practical relevance, dynamic nature, and controversial character of international investment law.


As the introducutory course of the masters programme, the Course will establish the basis for students to


1. extend their critical understanding and knowledge of the workings of contemporary international investment protection in its legal and political context with a view to applying this knowledge to solving specific investment-related disputes and engaging in debates about a reform of the law;

2. enhance and deepen their professional skills through undertaking problem-focused enquiries and critical analyses relating to the role and place of international law in (a) protecting companies engaged in cross-border investment, and (b) ensuring the necessary regulatory space for States in relation to investment activities

3. advance and improve their employability capacity as international lawyers by developing their legal research, writing, and communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.