With the scope of legal regulation no longer limited to national territories, there is a need for a framework that recognises law as a global phenomenon with fluid boundaries. Legal orders within, between and above a nation’s domestic legal system create global issues that impact upon individuals and the choices available to legislators and decision-makers. This course delves into the nature of international law, supranational law, comparative law, domestic law and legal pluralism, and examines where they interconnect and conflict. Recent events in the UK and the US illustrate the importance of these issues.

Topics covered include:

  • law, globalization and the State
  • international law, sovereignty, international institutions and governance
  • ‘regional’ globalization : EU model
  • global law, comparative law and comparativism
  • global public goods
  • globalization and comparative constitutionalism
  • globalization and anti-corruption
  • globalization, anti-globalization

Ms Y. Breitwieser-Faria

Yvonne is a PhD Candidate at the T.C. Beirne School of Law in affiliation with the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland. Her research examines the obligation and international responsibility of states to prevent atrocity crimes. Her primary research interests are in the areas of general international law, international human rights and humanitarian law. She holds a Law Degree and LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the University of Vienna, and has previously worked as a research consultant in several projects.

Ms Breitwieser-Faria will be course coordinator for semester 1, 2023.


Dr Caitlin Goss

Dr Caitlin Goss is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching in the Law of Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Public International Law. Dr Goss obtained her DPhil in comparative constitutional law at the University of Oxford, where she previously read for a Bachelor of Civil Law and an MPhil in Law. Her postgraduate study was completed under a Rhodes Scholarship, and a Commemorative Fellowship from the Australian Federation of University Women - Queensland.

Dr Goss will be course coordinator for semester 2, 2023.


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