International Law

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The teaching of International Law deals with the basic characteristics of the international community and the structure of the international legal system. The course is devoted to examining the main concepts of international law looking at their historical, political and social reality, in the light of the jurisprudence, the practice and the international case law. This exam will provide students the necessary background to study the teachings of the third year, especially European Union Law.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims primarily to allow students to understand and master the fundmental legal institutes of International Law, the main legal problems that characterize each of these aspects, and to forge their ability to frame the contemporary world in light of International Law tools. This objective is pursued both through traditional lectures and through the active involvement of students in the discussion of relevant international case law.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
1) The international legal system: the main features of the international legal system; the historical evolution of international society.
2) The State: the State and the succession between States.
3) The other subjects of the international legal system: insurgents, national liberation movements and other entities; international organizations; individuals and other non-State actors.
4) Creation and implementation of international norms: sources of international law, custom and codification; the «ius cogens»; the treaties, Other lawmaking processes; international law and domestic legal systems.
5) International disputes and State responsibility: settlement of international disputes; international wrongful acts and their legal consequences; serious breaches and aggravated international responsibility.
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Apart from frontal lectures, attending students will be involved in discussing case studies.
Teaching Resources
A. Cassese (a cura di M. Frulli), Diritto internazionale, Terza edizione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2017 (pp. 21-121, 159-182, 209-403)
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Students attending the lectures
The final exam is written, consisting of a test with multiple choices and two open questions on the topics dealt with during the Course. This exam aims to verify the student's capacity to understand the fundmental features, as well as the main contentious issues of international law, and to expose in a clear and appropriate technical language the notions learned.
Students NOT attending the lectures:
The final exam is oral and it consists of two or three questions aiming to verify the student's capacity to expose and to contextualize the problems connected to the fundmental features of international law; and to establish all the necessary links among the different notions they have learned, and to solve new problems, hypothetical or connected to current events.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Educational website(s)
Tuesday (from 15 to 18)
Remotely on Teams (code8hf9dnz); by appointment via e-mail