Full course description
In particular since World War II international law has been subject to considerable change, both in scope and in content. The number of State actors has grown as the result of the process of decolonization. A large number of international organizations and institutions have also emerged as subjects of international law. Transnational corporations increasingly constitute an important economic power factor in international relations. The need for international cooperation became progressively evident in order to maintain international peace and security, to promote economic and social development, to safeguard the environment and to uphold human dignity. The course focuses on some of the more traditional issues of international law as well as on some new developments. The topics are: the changing nature and enforceability of international law, sources and subjects of international law, recognition, territory, the law of treaties, the United Nations, human rights, the law of the sea, State responsibility, international environmental law, peaceful settlement of disputes, and the use of force. One session will be in the form of a moot court on an international environmental law case for which students will prepare by writing a (short) memorandum of pleading. Both the paper and the oral pleading are part of the examination.
Students who have taken this course have in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of international law in comparison to national law systems and they will understand how the two systems complement each other. In this context, students can analyze the domestic situation of a State as regards the way in which international law has been implemented. They can identify situations of violations of international law and they are able to determine which steps can be taken to solve conflicts in a peaceful way.
- In addition, students will have acquired legal skills. In general, they will be able to apply legal theory to concrete cases. More in particular, they can find international legal sources, they are able to closely read and analyze legal documents (especially case law), they can identify legal problems, and they are able to use legal arguments in favour or against a certain legal position.
SSC1007 Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning or another law course; SKI1008 Introduction to Academic Skills I; SKI1009 Introduction to Academic Skills II; PRO1010 Introduction to Academic Communication: A Writing Project.
SSC1006/SSC2002 International Relations: Themes and Theories.
- Henriksen, Anders, International Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017 ISBN: 9780198753018TMC Asser Institute (last ed.)
- Elementary International Law (Elementair Internationaal Recht), TMC Asser Press. ISBN: 9789067043496.