|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||22 hours; 11x2 hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||TWO WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS OF 2,500-3,000 WORDS (40% EACH) OR ONE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS||80%|
|Semester Assessment||ORAL PRESENTATION||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT(s) TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED||20%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference and relationship between international law, politics and other disciplines.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal structures that regulate the working of the international community.
3. Use advanced legal skills and information in order to critically evaluate advanced and specialised international issues, both at theoretical and practical level.
4. Locate and evaluate the relevant literature and materials in this field and use them in critical discussions of the subject, both individually and in group.
5. Demonstrate a critical approach to international complex legal problems and present well informed analysis of these topics.
6. Demonstrate the ability to employ advanced skills and analytical tools to conduct research that shall be useful for both practitioners and more speculative researchers.
The first seminar will focus on the concept of international law and its relationship with international politics and other relevant disciplines to understand the context and problems of contemporary international law. Then, the module will be divided into three main sections. The first section will deal with subjects and actors of international law. These shall include not only States, but also other important actors such as international organizations and organized groups. The second section will focus on the sources of the international legal system, looking in particular at treaties, customary law and other sources that define the legal obligations under international law. The third section shall address specific issues that may be relevant also for the study of other modules within the Programme. Each of those three main issues will be then divided into more detailed subsections, each of them focusing on specific themes, problems and sources.
1. International law and the international society: history, philosophy and relationship with international politics and other disciplines.
SECTION 1: SUBJECTS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
2. International Legal Personality I: States and the notion of statehood.
3. International Legal Personality II: International Organisations and the United Nations
4. International Legal Personality III; Individuals, Groups and Minorities as subjects of international law.
SECTION 2: SOURCES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
5. Sources I: The Law of Treaties
6. Sources II: Customary International Law and Soft Law
7. Sources III: General Principles, Jus Cogens, and Obligations Erga Omnes: is there a hierarchy of sources in international law?
SECTION 3: SPECIFIC ISSUES
8. International Law and Domestic Law
9. Jurisdiction and Immunity
10. International Responsibility
11. Dispute Settlement and the International Court of Justice
This module is at CQFW Level 7