International organizations and sustainable development

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at:
· giving a knowledge and understanding of the role played by international organizations in sustainable development;
· conveying the instruments by which knowledge and understanding could be applied to practical (real or moot) cases;
· conveying the instruments by which judgments can be made and an autonomous opinion on the relevance of IOs for sustainable development can be developed;
· improving communication, in terms of teaching how to use technical language and terms;
· giving lifelong learning skills in terms of general comprehension of the interaction between IOs and sustainable development.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Part 1. IOs and International Law: the creation of IOs; IOs as actors of IL (difference between IOs and NGOs; aims and competences; Ultra vires act of IOs); organs of IOs; IOs as lawmakers (contribution to the development of customary IL; treaties; IOs autonomous normative power: nature of 2nd degree sources; possible democratic deficit of IOs?); IOs role in dispute resolution; enforcement of law by IOs: sanctions; responsibility of IOs; relations between IOs and states (Immunity of IOs; Protection by IOs of their assets and organs).

Part 2. IOs and sustainable development: UN (including UNDP); World Bank; WHO (including public-private health partnerships); UNESCO; environmental Law - nuclear weapons; OECD; Sustainable development beyond IOs: the role of national and regional institutions; NGOs.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Tuesday, 12,00
Sezione di Diritto internazionale e dell'Unione europea (formerly Istituto di diritto internazionale), ground floor