Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at providing students with the basic concepts of Public International Law. At the end of this study-unit, students will be able
- to recognize, interpret and properly apply international norms both among States and within the national legal system;
- to autonomously deepen the study of other sectors of international;
- to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases and assert their own thesis by using correct terminology and proper arguments.
In order to be admitted to undertake the exam of International Law, students must have already successfully undertaken the exams of Private Law Institutions, Roman Law Institutions and Constitutional Law.
Students must have undertaken the exam of International Law in order to undertake exams of other courses related to the scientific sectors IUS/13 and IUS/14.
Course contents summary
- The concept of international law.
- Subjects of international law: States, intergovernmental organizations, other entities.
- The individuals as entities having rights and duties under international law.
- International law norms: customs, treaties, other rules of law.
- Codification of international law.
- The law of treaties.
- The use of force and the limits of public international law.
- International responsibility.
- Settlement of international disputes.
- Incorporation of international law into national legal systems.
T. TREVES, Diritto internazionale. Problemi fondamentali, Giuffrè, Milan, 2005, pp. 1-3; 51-83; 113-143; 161-237; 245-255; 262-267; 294; 298-706.
Taught lessons and seminars.
Assessment methods and criteria
Knowledge and understanding will be tested with at least two questions aimed to assessing the actual knowledge of the foundations of international law.
Applying knowledge and understanding will be assessed by inviting students to discuss general notions in the light of concrete cases.
Communication skills will be tested by assessing student’s skill to give thorough definitions, to use correct specialized terminology and to explain the meaning of specific expressions or concepts.
Learning skills will be tested by means of an overall assessment of student’s answers.
Some topics will be dealt with by experts in the field, such as lawyers, officers of international organizations, diplomats or members of non-governmental organizations.