INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PROCESS
2007/2008, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4033 ( -- ) / LL5033 ( -- ) / LLD5033 ( -- )
This course takes a problem-oriented approach to public international law. Its primary objective is to teach students how to construct persuasive arguments based on legal precedent, general principles, policy and facts. The focus will be a moot problem from an international moot. Through this fact pattern, the module will also provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of public international law and a framework for analysing international legal disputes. This will be used to illustrate the basic principles of public international law applicable in an international dispute.
Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent. Preclusions: (a) Open only to students who haveobtained prior approval of the convenor. (b) Not open to exchange students.
Groups. The class will be limited to 24 students. They will be divided into 6 groups of 4 students each. Each group will be required to appoint someone who is easily accessible via email and handphone as their captain. The students within groups are likely to be changed at least twice so that students get accustomed to working with different people. Students are encouraged to work in their groups in preparing for class. Classes on Mondays 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. These classes will be "lecture-like" but class participation is expected and will be noted by the lecturer. Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 pm to 9 pm. The class will be divided into 3 groups for the Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions. Prof Wong will take one group and part-time tutors Jason Chan and Jaikanth Kumar the others. Most of these classes will involve oral or written exercises. Students may be asked in some sessions to serve as judges or arbitrators. Mini-moots on Saturday. There will be two Saturdays in students will moot in front of Alumni who have been members of NUS international moot teams. Lesson Plans. Because of the intensive nature of this course, it may not always be possible to upload instructions on IVLE in time. Instructions will typically be issued in class and then I will try to follow up with IVLE postings. Group leaders should be the point persons to help make sure their groups are up to speed on the latest instructions. Workbin. Readings are specified in the problem. Most will be available via internet links. Those that are available in electronic files will be uploaded to the Workbin. Announcements. Announcements will be posted on the IVLE. When necessary, emails will advise of announcements. Internet / Word Processing. Students are expected to become proficient at conducting research on the Internet. Students are also expected to prepare documents using Microsoft Word for Windows. The format of memorials must follow generally the Rules of the Jessup Competition. Students are therefore advised to learn how to format documents using a template.
Because of the nature of the course and the teaching methods that will be employed, there will be no final examination paper. Grades will be determined by the following modes of assessment: 1. Moot Memorial 40% 2. Oral Argument 40% 3. Class Performance 20% The 40% Memorial must comply generally with the requirements of the Jessup Competition, and must include a cover page, index of authorities, etc. The 20% class performance grade will be the course teacher’s evaluation of the overall performance in the course excluding the marked exercises. The evaluation will include (a) the quality and quantity of contributions to class discussions and presentations, (b) performance in in-class writing assignments; (c) the assessment by peers, of contributions to group exercises; and (d) feedback from Mooting Alumni on performance during Mini-moots.