Course 2017-2018 a.y.



Department of Law

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 23
BIG (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  IUS/13)
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Classes: 23 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the concepts and methods used in public international law and European Union law. It focuses on how legal argument and legal vocabulary is used in the context of international relations by analyzing topics such as statehood and recognition, recourse to armed force including humanitarian intervention, the protection of human rights, the United Nations and the role and power of the Security Council, settlement of disputes at the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals. The course also examines the role of law in the evolution of the European Union as a supranational organisation: from a regional trade agreement towards a fully-fledged political union with shared sovereignty. Students develop and deepen their understanding of the complex legal framework that applies in international and European affairs and permeats contemporary international politcs and global governance.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary

  • The making and sources of international law.
  • Subjects of International Law and state jurisdiction.
  • Responsibility in international law.
  • Settlement of disputes and enforcement of international law.
  • Peace and collective security at the United Nations.
  • The international protection of human rights.
  • The global economy and international law.
  • The EU as a supranational organization.
  • The role of EU law and legal institutions in the evolution of the EU.
  • The law of the internal market: free trade vs. economic integration.
  • Economic vs political union: the common currency.
  • Human rights protection in the EU.

Teaching methods
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Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

  • Written exam(s) with a mix of open ended and multiple choice questions.
  • Individual assignments.
  • Group assignments.


  • J. KLABBERS, International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • C. BARNARD, S. PEERS, European Union Law, Oxford University Press, 2017, 2nd edition.
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