LW3ILM-International Law Mooting

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LW3DUG Dissertation or LW3WPP Writing Credit Pro Bono and Professional Practice or LW3RWC Research Writing Credit
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof James Green

Email: J.A.Green@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Participation by a team of four students in the Telders International Law Moot Competition.

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the research and reasoning processes involved in the creation of arguments in international law, to interact with a complex substantive ‘real world’ example of a dispute between states within the discipline. and to develop advocacy skills in a formal setting.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that students will have:

  • demonstrated an ability to research and apply aspects of substantive international law to disputes in practice.
  • demonstrated self-awareness and critique of the reasoning process involved in making arguments in international law, and of the process of advocacy within the discipline.
  • orally presented international legal arguments, as constructed by themselves, in a clear and authoritative manner, in a formal mooting context.

Additional outcomes:
Development of team building skills.

Outline content:
Not applicable

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • This is a module based primarily upon independent study.
  • In the Autumn Term students will be required to conduct research in the field of international law based on a fictitious dispute before the International Court of Justice, upon which they will submit, as a team, two detailed Memorials. There will be discussion sessions (i.e., project supervision tutorials) led by two members of staff - who will act as the moot team's 'coaches' - throughout the Autumn Term in support of the preparation of the Memorials.
  • During the first part of the Spring Term students will be given a tutorial on advocacy skills, and then will be required to deliver an oral presentation of their Memorial arguments and participate in three practice moots. These sessions will prepare students for the experience of mooting in an external competition.
  • Students will be expected to utilise the skills acquired in these sessions in an assessed external moot (participation in the National Round of the Telders Competition). This will take place in the Spring Term.
  • Each student will be expected to produce an assessed 'reflective portfolio' in the Summer Term.
  • Please note: this is a team exercise and, as such, students accepted on this module have a responsibility to their fellow team members to complete the module barring reasonable extenuating circumstances. If the University of Reading team wins the National Round, it will be entered into the international rounds of the competition, which will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands. If this occurs, it will be expected that team members will go on to compete on behalf of the University in the international competition. However, the international competition will not be assessed as part of this module.
Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 1
Project Supervision 8
Practicals classes and workshops 7
Guided independent study 92 92
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 55
Portfolio 20
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:
•Two written Memorials researched and prepared as a team to be submitted as part of the Telders Competition in the Autumn Term, arguing both sides on a fictitious international law dispute. The Memorials should follow the strict Telders guidelines for written Memorials (see The International Law Mooting Handbook). Memorials must be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. (55% of total mark).
•Oral assessment: individual performance in the Telders Competition (UK National Round, Spring Term). (25% of total mark).
•An individual reflective portfolio, to be submitted in the Summer Term. This should normally reflect upon the process of research and preparation of the Memorials and include self-appraisal of the student’s performance in the practice and assessed moots. (20% of total mark).

Formative assessment methods:
•Detailed written feedback is provided on the summative Memorials submitted in the Autumn Term
•Oral feedback (and in some cases written feedback) is provided after all of the practicals in the Spring Term (1 x presentation and 3 x practice moots).

Penalties for late submission:

University penalties apply to the Memorials and portfolio: 10 mark deduction within the first week; thereafter a mark of 0.
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    This will involve one of, or a combination of, the following:

    •the submission of an individual research project based on an issue of international law comparable to that assessed in the Telders Memorials.
    •an individual internal presentation on a topic of international law.
    •the re-submission of the portfolio.

    Please note that only elements where a pass mark has not been secured must be retaken, with the marks for any passed elements being carried forward.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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