International Organization

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
IUS/13
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The teaching of International Organization deals with the legal aspects of international organizations, i.e. collective bodies created by States by means of international treaties that constitute permanent cooperation structures in the multiple sectors of international relations.
The prevailing part of the course (first and second module) is devoted to examining the most prominent international organization, possessing a practically universal nature and a general political competence, the United Nations, with particular regard to the role it plays in the maintenance of international peace and security and to the organization's reform process. The third module, of monographic character, deals with specific sectors of relations among States with regard to which the UN and other international organizations exercise, or have exercised, different kinds of competences, such as space activities or peacekeeping operations.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims primarily to allow students to understand and master the tasks, structure and functions of the United Nations, and the main legal problems that characterize each of these aspects, and to forge their ability to place UN activities in new crisis scenarios in their proper context. This aim is pursued
both through traditional lectures and through the active involvement of students in the simulation of a meeting of the UN General Assembly.
The last part of the course aims to allow students to apply their knowledge of international law and international organization to the specific sectors of, alternatively, space activities or peacekeeping operations.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First trimester
Course syllabus
1. The United Nations: nature, objectives and principles; organs; acts; the organization's financing; functions different from the maintenance of peace: in particular, development cooperation and the protection of human rights.
2. The maintenance of peace and international security: the collective security system, measures not involving and involving the use of force, peacekeeping operations; UN reform.
3. For students attending the lectures: The elaboration within the UN framework of the legal regime applicable to space activities; the fundamental contents of international space law; the role of other international organizations in the space field (in particular, the European Space Agency). - For students NOT attending the lectures: UN peacekeeping operations: the role of consent and the regulation of the use of force.
Teaching methods
Apart from frontal lectures, attending students will be involved in a simulation of a meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Teaching Resources
- For students attending the lectures:
1. Conforti, Focarelli, Le Nazioni Unite, 11th ed., CEDAM, Milano, 2017 (pp. 1-19, 29-160, 389-418, 452-496).
2. Conforti, Focarelli, Le Nazioni Unite, 11th ed., CEDAM, Milano 2017 (pp. 166-386, 20-28).
3. Catalano Sgrosso, Diritto internazionale dello spazio, LoGisma, Firenze 2011, pp. 15-49, 58-76, 82-93, 96-152, 159-165, 168-178, 189-198, 232-245, 275-297.
- For students NOT attending the lectures:
1. Conforti, Focarelli, Le Nazioni Unite, 11th ed., CEDAM, Milano, 2017 (pp. 1-19, 29-164, 389-496).
2. Conforti, Focarelli, Le Nazioni Unite, 11th ed., CEDAM, Milano 2017 (pp. 166-386, 20-28).
3. Frulli, Le operazioni di peacekeeping delle Nazioni Unite: continuità di un modello normativo, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2012. The text is availble online, by registering on Academia.edu (https://www.academia.edu/32621095/Le_operazioni_di_peacekeeping_delle_N ).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students attending the lectures:
At the end of the second module there will be a written exam for students attending the lectures, consisting of 2 open questions on the topics dealt with during the first two modules. This exam aims to verify the student's capacity to understand, and to expose in an appropriate language, the problems connected to the functions, structure and operation of the main UN organs in sectors different from the maintenance of peace and in the field of the maintenance of peace. A particular attention will be paid to the operation of the Charter's collective security system. 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 relating to the legal regime applicable to space activities, to establish all the necessary links among the different notions they have learned, and to solve new problems, hypothetical or connected to current events. The grade obtained in the written intermediate exam accounts for two thirds of the final grade.
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, on one side, to the functions, structure and operation of the main UN organs or to UN reform perspectives; on the other side, to the legal regime applicable to UN peacekeeping operations; to establish all the necessary links among the different notions they have learned, and to solve new problems, hypothetical or connected to current events.
Unità didattica 1
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ponti Christian
Unità didattica 2
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ponti Christian
Unità didattica 3
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Pedrazzi Marco
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday, 9.30 am-12.30 pm, by appointment, in person or on Microsoft Teams (access code: hrauyh5). The new timetable will be applied starting 22 September 2021. The previous office hours will be Thursday 16 September, 9.30 am-12.30 pm.
Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies, Room No. 26, third floor on via Conservatorio 7
Reception:
Tuesday (from 15 to 18)
Remotely on Teams (code8hf9dnz); by appointment via e-mail