The increasingly significant role that international governmental organizations play within the International Community requires to investigate thoroughly the issue of institutionalized international cooperation. Therefore, the course will be primarily devoted to analyse, from a legal perspective, the nature of the cooperation carried out through the institution of intergovernmental organizations. The course aims at transmitting knowledge and understanding of the basics of the subject matter. Not only will the teaching activities and evaluation methods develop students' understanding of international law, but they will also enhance their skills to apply such a system of law, their autonomy of judgment and their mastery of legal language, together with their communication skills.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students shall be acquainted with the founding aspects of the law of international organizations, and will also have to be in the position to grasp the essence of its functioning, all the while showing knowledge of the provisions applicable to several different thematic areas. They are also expected to deal with the most frequent and urgent issues in that field of international relations in an appropriate fashion, by resorting to the theoretical, linguistic, and normative toolbox of international law that 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.
Concept of international organization - Origins and evolution of the phenomenon - The evolution of international organizations: amendments, modifications and revision - The international legal personality - Competences of international organizations - Issues of membership within international organizations - The institutional framework - Legal acts - The decision-making process - Dispute resolution mechanisms as structural elements of international organizations - External relations of international organizations - Immunities and privileges of international organizations and of their officials - Budget issues within international organizations - The relationship between the law of international organizations and domestic law.
Prerequisites for admission
Mastery of the basics of international law.
Lectures supported by power point presentations and case studies, practical examples and discussions. Students will also be encouraged to analyse a case study of their choice and carry out presentations on it.
Textbook: Cafaro Susanna, Di Stasi Angela, Novi Criseide, Pennetta Piero, Martino Gerardo, Ingravallo Ivan, Diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali , Wolters Kluwer, 2018. 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 non-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' communication skills and mastery of legal language will also be evaluated, together with their ability to link different legal issues, even resorting to the examples that are offered by the praxis of international organizations.
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 be the average of the mark obteined in the oral or written exam and the overall mark of thecase-study analysis that they will be requested to submit at the end of the course, including its class-room presentation.