Diplomatic and Consular Law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with an in-depth 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, starting from their historical background. It also intends to foster students' capability to 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, mastering the legal language. 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.
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 bilateral and multilateral 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 will increase the attending students' ability to perform individual researches.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Teaching of Diplomatic and Consular Law
link: https://www.unimi.it/it/corsi/insegnamenti-dei-corsi-di-laurea/2021/dir…
Classes will start (as scheduled) on January 7, 2021 at 10.30.
Until further notice from the University, the lessons will take place remotely, via the teams platform.
To join the team use the following code: qlityd0
Lessons will be in synchronous mode (recording of the lesson is also provided).
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
The lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed both synchronously on the basis of the second quarter timetable and asynchronously, because they will be recorded and left available to students on the Ariel platform.
Teaching Resources
Manual: Carlo Curti Gialdino, Diritto diplomatico-consolare internazionale ed europeo, V ed., 2020, Giappichelli Editore. 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
Attending-students will be asked to pass an intermediate examination (through moodle platform+proctorio) or, where the regulations allow, in presence, answering to one open question (to be chosen between two proposals) on topics that form part of the first two modules of the course program. At the end of the course students will take an oral exam in relation to the third module, using the Microsoft Teams platform or, where the regulations allow, in presence, always in oral form. The final grade of attending students will also include the evaluation of their participation in the analysis of the case studies proposed in class. Non-attending students will take an oral exam at the end of the course using the Microsoft Teams platform or, where the regulations allow, in presence, always in oral form. In order to pass the exam, students will be required to have, at least, a sufficient knowledge of all the topics studied. Students' ability to link among legal issues, even resorting to the examples that are offered by the practice, and their legal problem solving skills will also be evaluated, together with their mastery of legal language and communication skills.
Unità didattica 1
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica 2
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica 3
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Tuesday (from 15 to 18)
Remotely on Teams (code8hf9dnz); by appointment via e-mail