Global governance through international law is built on an essential commitment to law and to legal institutions as a means of addressing the shared challenges of the international community. International law offers wide-ranging tools for global governance, including: definitions, frames, standards, policy guidance, collective decision-making, interpretive and adjudicative institutions, and dispute settlement. Global governance through international law is a dynamic field. Indeed, whether law itself and our existing legal regimes are adequate tools with which to address the challenges of global governance are hotly debated.
Building on the core introductory course on International Law, International Law and Global Governance: Contemporary Challenges covers both the grand debates about the utility of international law and issue-specific challenges to existing international legal regimes. This includes debates on state immunity law versus human rights law, contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law, challenges to international environmental law, challenges to the 1951 refugee law regime, debates around investment, trade and human rights law, responsibilities of armed groups and corporations under international law, the accountability of international organisations, and the responsibilities of bystanders in international law.