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
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
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.