By the end of the course, a student will be able to:
- Acknowledge the significance of international law within the modern global political environment.
- Critically filter the manipulated and distorted image of international law created by governments, the media et.c.
- Critically approach the contemporary application of international law principles.
- Identify the fundamental principles governing international law.
- Understand that an international norm must be respected even if it departs from the so called national interest.
- Understand the importance of the peaceful settlement of disputes through international law for the maintenance of international peace and security.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In an era of intense and manipulated normative preaching by governments, this course covers a variety of topics, ranging from principles and values of public international law to the contemporary international law agenda. The course is particularly concerned with the sources of international law, its subjects and the issue of state sovereignty, and it also devotes special attention to such controversial topics as the peaceful settlement of disputes, use of force between States, self-determination and the role of international organizations.
Additional bibliography for study
Antonio Cassese, International Law (2nd edn., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Peter Malanczuk, Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law (7th rev. edn., London & New York: Routledge, 1997).
Malcolm Shaw, International Law (7th edn., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).