iCourts Excellence Programme (iEP) - International Law and Courts in a Global World – University of Copenhagen

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iCourts Excellence Programme (iEP) - International Law and Courts in a Global World

The iEP introduces key approaches to the understanding of international law and its role in the contemporary world. It helps you develop skills useful for a whole range of national and international careers and activities. Students who enroll in the iEP become iCourts Student Fellows and are introduced to the dynamic research environment at iCourts, Denmark’s only centre of excellence in law.

Til toppenWho can become an iCourts Student Fellow?

All students, Danish as well as foreign, enrolled at the MA level at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, are eligible. All but one of the iEP courses are taught in English. It is possible to take each iEP course individually, but only students participating in three 15 ECTS courses in the iCourts portfolio, or in two such courses plus writing their MA-thesis in iCourts, are eligible for the fellowship status and can obtain the certificate.

Til toppenWhat Will You Study as an iCourts Student Fellow?

The iCourts Excellence Programme consists of a package of three 15 ECTS MA courses (or of two such courses + an iCourts MA thesis) which all deal with contemporary issues related to understanding international law and courts in a globalized world. iEP courses explore both doctrinal and interdisciplinary approaches and employ cutting-edge research methods to the study of law and courts. Courses currently in the iCourts portfolio include (links to the full course descriptions will be added as they become available in kurser.ku.dk):

Til toppenAutumn 2017 (& Autumn 2018):

  • International Commercial Arbitration: The course acquaints students with normative framework and practice of International Commercial Arbitration, which is currently the most commercially significant method of alternative dispute resolution. It provides students with an extensive overview of relevant hard and soft law, case law and practical case studies in comparative perspective. Course director: Joanna Jemielniak
  • International Commercial Contracts: The course acquaints students with different aspects of contractual practice in international commerce, including problems of freedom of contract, applicable law, formation and validity of a contract, performance and liability; selected types of agreement are discussed in detail. Understanding of the demands of international business environment and interpersonal skills required for successful negotiations will be practiced along with such legal competences as drafting contracts, legal research, case analysis and formulation of oral and written opinions. Course director: Joanna Jemielniak
  • International Commercial Disputes: The course familiarizes students with key substantive, procedural and private international law (conflict of laws) rulesets and instructs on how they operate in relation to International Business Transactions (contracts and torts). It explores procedural and conflict issues in a regional and international context, involving international competence (jurisdiction) of national courts and international arbitral tribunals, choice of applicable law (in litigation and arbitration), recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Course director: Joanna Jemielniak
  • International Human Rights Law: This class examines the international human rights system, including the framework of the United Nations, European, American and African regional human rights regimes, and a set of emerging systems of international human rights protection. The goal is to familiarize students with the institutional mechanisms and substantive provisions in force at the global and regional level to protect human rights. Course director: Mikael Rask Madsen
  • International Organizations: The course presents the main international organizations and analyzes the literature in law and political science about them. The course describes the behavior of these organizations as strategic actors in the global arena. Course director: Shai Dothan
  • Juridisk Kommunikation og Retorik: [Legal Communication and Rhetoric]: The goal of this course is twofold. First, the students are introduced to theories of law and language to make them aware of the multiple ways that language affects law. Second, based on the theories introduced during the course the students learn to analyse and produce legal texts of different genres and to criticize genre conventions when rhetorically ineffective. Course director: Anne Lise Kjær
  • Legal, Criminological and Philosophical Perspectives on Mass Atrocities: This class equips students with a wider understanding of the phenomenon of mass atrocities and possible legal and quasi-legal responses to it. Besides a basic training in International criminal law, it introduces students to socio-empirical studies, criminological and philosophical theories of criminal justice in relation to collective violence. Course director: Jakob v. H. Holtermann
  • International Investment Law: The course aims to acquaint students with the regime of international investment law in its legal, political and societal context. As a highly topical and contentious issue especially within the framework of new generation free trade instruments such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), it seeks to introduce students to core discussions such as the main principles and rules on regulation of international investment law, interpretation of economic treaties, state responsibility, as well as current and emerging trends in international rule-making. Course director: Günes Ünüvar

Til toppenSpring 2018 (& Spring 2019)

  • International Human Rights Law: This class examines the international human rights system, including the framework of the United Nations, European, American and African regional human rights regimes, and a set of emerging systems of international human rights protection. The goal is to familiarize students with the institutional mechanisms and substantive provisions in force at the global and regional level to protect human rights. Course director: Mikael Rask Madsen
  • International Law and the Legalization of International Relations: The goal of this class is to provide masters students with an international law perspective on the development of international relations. The class will equip students with both advanced theories and practical tools for understanding how law contributes to international affairs. Course director: Mikael Rask Madsen
  • International Organizations: The course presents the main international organizations and analyzes the literature in law and political science about them. The course describes the behavior of these organizations as strategic actors in the global arena. Course director: Shai Dothan
  • International Law and the Individual: This course explores the contemporary role of the individual across the board of the international legal system and assesses what normative ‘re-nationalization’ will mean for the future relationship between international law and domestic law in general – and in particular for the legal protection of individuals. Course director: Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen.
  • Juridisk Kommunikation og Retorik [Legal Communication and Rhetoric]: In this course students will be working with legal communication and argumentation from a rhetorical perspective. The goal of the course is twofold. First, the students are introduced to theories of law and language to make them aware of the multiple ways that language affects law. Second, based on the theories introduced during the course the students learn to analyse and produce legal texts of different genres and to criticize genre conventions when rhetorically ineffective. Course director: Anne Lise Kjær
  • Legal Scientific Theories, Methods and Writing: Students will be introduced to the latest theories and methods in the legal scholarship. As the exam of the course students will write their own academic paper. Course director: Mikkel Jarle Christensen
  • Law of the World Trade Organization: The goal of the course is to provide students with a good understanding of the world trading system and its development. The module will introduce topics on fundamental basics of the WTO, and the WTO dispute settlement system, followed by substantive WTO rules on non-discrimination, market access, as well as fair trade issues. It will address the basic principles of trade in goods and trade in services, as well as discuss specific WTO agreements that address non-tariff barriers. Course director: Joanna Jemielniak.

Til toppenWho Are the Teachers?

Teachers in the iEP are all expert researchers affiliated with iCourts – Centre of Excellence for International Courts. iCourts is a basic science research centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. The centre brings together cutting-edge specialist knowledge in public international law, constitutional law, EU-law and other regional trade systems, human rights law, international criminal law, international investment and arbitration. The research combines approaches from law, philosophy, social science, political science, law and economics, and linguistics.

Students participating in the iEP will be given a unique opportunity to become part of the iCourt’s research environment. iCourts Student Fellows will be invited to attend our regular lunch seminars as well as conferences and symposia on timely questions relating to international law and courts in a globalized world. In addition, iCourts will host an annual workshop solely for iCourts Student Fellows on a topical theme.

Til toppenWhat Career Can You Have?

Obtaining the iEP certificate will increase the chances of the graduates to be employed by government agencies, international courts, multinational corporations, academia, NGOs, and international organizations.

Til toppenHow to Sign up?

To join the iCourts Excellence Programme, you need to sign up for at least three 15 ECTS courses offered by iCourts during the duration of your MA-studies, or for at least two such courses + write your MA thesis in iCourts. In addition, please send an email to iCourts Educational Coor-dinator Jakob v. H. Holtermann (jvhh@jur.ku.dk) stating your contact details.

join the iCourts Excellence Programme, you need to sign up for at least three 15 ECTS courses offered by iCourts during the duration of your MA-studies. In addition, please send an email to iCourts Educational Coordinator Jakob v. H. Holtermann (jvhh@jur.ku.dk) stating your contact details.