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International Law


Mensi A.

Course director


The course provides an overview of principles and current issues in public international law. The first part of the course explores the main sources, subjects, and means of dispute settlement in international law. Case studies addressing current issues will help understand how treaties are made and implemented, how international law addresses self-determination and secession claims, how international and supranational organizations function. The course includes a focus on the European Union, including its institutional framework and its role as a global actor.

The second part of the class proposes three selected topics: how international courts and tribunals, such as the International Court of Justice, aim at settling disputes; the use of force in international law with a focus on current issues such as the Syrian crisis and the Afghan crisis; business and human rights in the context of international law.

Basic textbook

Selected chapters of Malcolm Shaw, International Law (Cambridge University Press, 9th edition, 2021).

Additional reading

Selected articles and cases made available on the portal iCorsi.