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Graduate Catalogue

Section XI

College of Law

As Cambodia recovers from its traumatic past, and thereby modernizes and interacts more regionally and globally, there is an ever-growing need for professionals with an in-depth knowledge of our own country's rules of law; Cambodian and international regulations governing trade and commerce between countries; international conventions on the environment, labor, intellectual property, human rights; and also dispute resolution. Such knowledge is important for both policy development and advocacy work within Cambodia.

The graduate programs of the College of Law are designed to meet the requirements of students who already have a Bachelorís degree in Law but who need to have more in-depth, specialized knowledge on various legal matters. Reflecting the University's various areas of focus in the Social Sciences (e.g. in International Relations, Peace Studies or Political Science), the present graduate programs in the the College of Law deal with various aspects of international law.

1. DEGREE OFFERINGS

2. ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

MASTERíS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Writing Samples

Along with the application material, students wishing to enter a masterís degree program in the College of Law are expected to submit a writing sample.

Language Requirements

Students in the Masterís degree program are required to take a written examination to demonstrate comprehension in one foreign language. To pass the examination, they must be able to read and adequately comprehend research materials in their field of study at a reasonable speed. For Cambodian students, English is considered a foreign language.

No limit is placed on the number of times students may take the examination. However, it must be passed before students begin preparing for either their thesis or the Comprehensive Exam. The foreign language exam does not contribute to the credit-requirements of a degree.

Course Requirements

All Masterís degree students in the College of Law must take at least 54 credit hours which includes:

Alternatively, for students following the Comprehensive Exam route, four other elective courses may be taken instead of modules RPT601-RPT604, to make up the required 54 credit minimum.

Exams

Each of the foundation, core and elective courses is followed by an exam on that course. Students selecting the thesis option must also take a Final Exam upon completion of their thesis, when they have to defend it. This exam covers the subject of the thesis as well as related areas within the chosen field of study. Students failing the exam may repeat it only once upon petition approved by the Coordinator of the College. Students who fail the exam a second time are dropped from the program and lose their status as registered graduate students.

Students selecting the non-thesis option must take a written Comprehensive Exam once they have completed their 54 credits, based on everything covered during the course-work. Students failing the Comprehensive Exam may repeat it only once upon petition approved by the Coordinator. Students who fail the exam a second time are dropped from the program and lose their status as registered graduate students. Students selecting this option are also required by MoEYS to submit a research paper at the end of their degree programme.

3. INTERNATIONAL LAW

The Program aims at familiarizing participants with the main schools of thought pertinent to the understanding of present international law and the many new concerns that have emerged in international society as it evolves towards more organized forms of cooperation. Among such new concerns the Program will include the discussion of international legal developments characterizing the present-day international community, including the maintenance of international peace and security and specialized areas such as the law of the sea, the law governing polar areas and international environmental law.

The specific objectives of the course as follows:

       To provide systematic knowledge and information on the important legal doctrines and frameworks of the law and practice of public international law, international organizations, in particular the United Nations, international criminal law, human rights and their mechanisms of implementation, international economic law, dispute settlement, global governance, international law and development, and the way that international law addresses such issues as human rights, environmental policy, terrorism, and war.

       To offer a theoretical appreciation of underlying ideas in the field of international law and the settlement of disputes, this includes a critical orientation, discovering the challenges and potentials of international law and dispute settlement, including providing a multi-disciplinary appreciation of the field of international law and the settlement of disputes.

       To provide a background that enables students to translate their skills to operate effectively in governments, non-governmental organizations, or international institutions.

       To respond to the demands and challenges faced by students, scholars, university professors and practitioners who are continuing their education and mid-career professionals who are working in national or international governmental or non-governmental organizations and private enterprises.

MASTERíS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of course work which includes:

Alternatively, for students following the comprehensive exam route, four other elective courses may be taken instead of modules RPT601-RPT604.

Foundation Courses (3 credits each);

LAW501 (= FDN501): Research Methodology

LAW502 (= FDN502): Statistics for Research

LAW503 (= FDN503): Research Paper Writing

Core Courses (3 credits each):

LAW504: Introduction to International Law

LAW514: International Law and the State

LAW515: Law of Treaty

LAW516 (= DEV611): Global Environmental Governance

LAW621: Law of the Sea

Major Elective courses (3 credits each; choose 6 courses):

LAW602 (= POL607): Politics in Developing Areas

LAW605 (= COM605): International Public Communication

LAW607 (= COM607): Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

LAW617 (= SOC617): Sociology of Human Rights

LAW627 (= DEV612): International Development Law and Policy

LAW684 (= INT607): International Relations

LAW690: Independent Study

Research Proposal and Thesis (12 credits minimum)

LAW631 (= RPT601): Legal Research Writing (3 credits)

LAW632-4 (= RPT602-4): Thesis Research and Writing (3 credits each)

4. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Students of the Masterís Degree can expect to gain the skills and tools that enable them to serve as officers in international organizations, non-governmental organizations, humanitarian aid agencies, governments, as well as a platform for further graduate study, research, and scholarship. Students will also acquire advanced skills in critical analysis and research. The program is designed for students from all professional or academic backgrounds, and not only those possessing a legal education.

The specific objectives of the course as follows:

         To enhance your understanding of international human rights law at the domestic, regional and international levels;

         To enhance your ability to think analytically about the further implementation and development of international human rights law;

         To increase your ability to conduct research in this field of law;

         To assist your career advancement; and

         To facilitate your collaboration with other professionals for the more effective development and application of international human rights law.

MASTERíS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of course work which includes:

Alternatively, for students following the comprehensive exam route, four other elective courses may be taken instead of modules RPT601-RPT604.

Foundation Courses (3 credits each);

LAW501 (= FDN501): Research Methodology

LAW502 (= FDN502): Statistics for Research

LAW503 (= FDN503): Research Paper Writing

Core Courses (3 credits each):

LAW506 (= INT629): Theory of International Organizations

LAW507 (= INT626): International Organizations

LAW508: United Nations

LAW512: World Trade Organization

LAW513: International Human Rights Law

Major Elective courses (3 credits each; choose 6 courses):

LAW541 (= INT605): International Institutions and World Order

LAW601 (= COM601): Organizational Communication

LAW602: WIPO & Intellectual Property Law

LAW607 (= COM607): Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

LAW614 (= PST614): Peace and Justice

LAW615 (= BUS615): Organizational Behavior

LAW627 (= DEV612): International Development Law and Policy

LAW690: Independent Study

Research Proposal and Thesis (12 credits minimum)

LAW631 (= RPT601): Legal Research Writing (3 credits)

LAW632-4 (= RPT602-4): Thesis Research and Writing (3 credits each)

5. PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW AND

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

This program designed to provide a new generation of professionals in the public and private sectors with an understanding of international business, marketing, finance, and trade around the globe. Students majoring in international business will be taught to analyze policy and manage business opportunities in today's increasingly integrated world economy. Courses emphasize fundamental business skills while employing contemporary case studies of global corporations.

The certificate in International Business Law prepares managers to identify and take advantage of global business opportunities. Topics such as global business strategies, strategic alliances, the World Trade Organization, and government relations are explored and applied to business situations. The certificate is intended for managers who want to learn the principles and techniques of international business law and how to apply them to real business situations.

MASTERíS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of course work which includes:

Alternatively, for students following the comprehensive exam route, four other elective courses may be taken instead of modules RPT601-RPT604.

Foundation Courses (3 credits each);

LAW501 (= FDN501): Research Methodology

LAW502 (= FDN502): Statistics for Research

LAW503 (= FDN503): Research Paper Writing

Core Courses (3 credits each):

LAW505: Introduction to the Private International Law

LAW509: International Business Law

LAW510: International Financial Law

LAW511: International Trade Law

LAW516: International Environmental Law

Major Elective courses (3 credits each; choose 6 courses):

LAW602: WIPO & Intellectual Property Law

LAW606 (= INT606): Cambodian Foreign Policy

LAW616 (= BUS603): Human Resource Management

LAW627 (= DEV612): International Development Law and Policy

LAW648 (= BUS648): Leadership Skills

LAW690: Independent Study

Research Proposal and Thesis (12 credits minimum)

LAW631 (= RPT601): Legal Research Writing (3 credits)

LAW632-4 (= RPT602-4): Thesis Research and Writing (3 credits each)


 

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