Diplomatic and Consular Law

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at transmitting knowledge and understanding of the legal framework in which diplomatic and consular relations and activities take place, both with regard to bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. It also intends to foster students' capability to grasp the grasp the essence of the interactions between different key players in international relations, to develop their capability to assess autonomously complex legal situations, and to discuss critically about them. Not only will the teaching activities and evaluation methods develop students' understanding of the subject matter, but they will also be equipped with the toolbox of international diplomacy, i.e. with the technical-juridical tools and methodologies necessary for the performance of the functions of the members of diplomatic missions, consular officers and agents of international organizations. Furthermore, the course seeks to enhance students' mastery of legal language and their communication skills.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students shall be acquainted with the founding aspects of diplomatic and consular law, and will also have to be in the position to grasp the essence of its functioning, all the while showing knowledge of the relevant contents of the main normative acts in such field of international law. They are also expected to deal with the most frequent and urgent issues in diplomatic relations in an appropriate fashion, by resorting to the theoretical, linguistic, and normative toolbox of international law, which they are required to acquire thorough the exam of the judicial application of relevant provisions, thanks to specific case-studies and adequate supporting materials. While attending the course, students will be required to perform hands-down research tasks, hence becoming confident with electronic case-law databases, scholarly collections, and other on-line resources. Such skills, which may be used for autonomous research purposes, appear to be transferrable in nature, so as to be suitable to be eventually resorted to both in the course of their studies and in their future profession.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
Diplomatic law: sources; the establishment of diplomatic missions and their treatment; diplomatic functions; international organizations' diplomatic relations; diplomatic immunities. Consular law: establishment and conduct of consular relations; termination procedures; consular staff; consular functions; facilities, privileges and immunities relating to consular posts. Diplomatic and Consular law within the framework of European Union: the European Union in its international and diplomatic relations; diplomatic and consular protection for EU citizens outside the EU.
Prerequisites for admission
Mastery of the basics of international law.
Teaching methods
Lectures supported by power point presentations and case studies, practical examples and discussions.
Students are encouraged to analyse case studies of their choice and carry out presentations on them.
Teaching Resources
Further materials (primary sources, such as case-law and legal acts) will be made available through the Ariel web-site of the course. They form an integral part of the exam programme for both attending and not-attending students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral (6 scheduled dates during the academic year): students will usually be asked to answer three questions on three different topics that form part of the course programme. In order to pass the exam, students will be required to have, at least, a sufficient knowledge of such three topics. Students' ability to link among legal issues, even resorting to the examples that are offered by the praxis of diplomatic and consular relations, and their legal problem solving skills will also be evaluated, together with their mastery of legal language and communication skills.
Attending-students will also have the possibility to take a written final exam at the end of the course. They will be required to answer one open question out of the two that will be submitted. Their final grade will take into account, by way of average, the evaluation of their participation to classroom activities such as case-study analysis and debates.
Unità didattica 1
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Sandrini Lidia
Unità didattica 2
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Sandrini Lidia
Unità didattica 3
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Sandrini Lidia