Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

International Litigation in Practice (ILIP) LAW5202

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course complements the existing (and highly successful) course 'International Courts and Tribunals'. It is intended to offer a practical, 'hands-on' introduction to the burgeoning field of international litigation. Its focus is on topics that cut across dispute settlement regimes, such as the treatment of evidence, strategic aspects of litigation, the enforcement of decisions. It is intended that this course will equip students to critically reflect on the benefits and problems of international litigation. The course builds on the expertise of Glasgow-based members of staff, many of whom have built a reputation in the field. Together with the existing 'International Courts and Tribunals', this course will reflect Glasgow's status as a hub for the study of international courts and tribunals. 


10 weekly seminars x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Standard requirements for entry to the LLM

Excluded Courses



This course is designed to complement the existing 'International Courts and Tribunals' (ICaT). For the time being, attendance of ICaT is NOT a prerequisite for participation in this course.


The assessment in this course will consist of an essay of 2000 words and an end of term exam (2 hours).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To provide students with an understanding of the main fora for international litigation, their strengths and benefits.

2. To enable students critically to reflect on the potential and risks of international litigation.

3. To familiarise students with the challenges to be confronted in processes of litigation before international fora.

4. To expose students to practitioner and academic approaches to the study of international litigation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be...

■ able to assess the role of international courts and tribunals as fora for international litigation.

■ equipped critically to engage in debates about the legitimacy of international litigation before international courts and tribunals.

■ in a position to advise potential litigants about the risks and benefits of engaging in international litigation.

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.