International Law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course complements the course of the second year in International and EU Law. It aims at opening students to the knowledge of the main international law instruments effective into specific areas of inter-State cooperation. Specific attention is paid to States' practice and to the case law of domestic and international courts and tribunals. The course offers a legal perspective for the analysis of current relevant events involving both States and intergovernmental organizations. Its purposes also include the strengthening of students' ability to apply the founding concepts of public international law to interpret the current state of international relations under a legal perspective.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be capable to apply the founding concepts of public international law to case studies and international disputes involving States and/or intergovernamental organizations. The study of the teaching materials and the analysis of specific case studies (also during classes, for attending students) will allow students to define the legal dimension of the most frequent and urgent issues arising in specific sectors of inter-state relations. When dealing specific case studies, students will be able to identify the relevant legal discipline under public international law instruments, to interpret and apply it correctly, recurring, at the same time, to the most appropriate language tools.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First trimester
Classes will start on September 24, 2020, and will be held on Microsoft teams (code: 7ttlarv) on Thursday and Friday, from 10.30 to 12.30 a.m.
The teaching materials discussed during classes are published on the Ariel website of the course (
The Syllabus will be published on the Ariel website ("Bacheca"). It provides information over the topics discussed during classes, teaching materials and the chapters of the textbook for the exam. Students are kindly invited to read the chapter before classes, so as to be participate actively, ask questions, raise comments and points of discussion.
Course syllabus
Unit 1
Peaceful settlement of international disputes
The individual under public international law. International law on the protection of human rights. International crimes and international criminal tribunals.
The use of force under public international law: prohibition and exceptions.

Unit 2
International law on the treatment of aliens.
Privileges and immunnities of diplomatic and consult agents and of other States organs. Customary law, international treaty regimes and case law.
Immunity of States from foreign civil jurisiction: customary law, the 2004 New York Convention and case law (International Court of Justice, European Court of human rights and national courts and tribunals).
Privileges and immunities of international institutions and their agents.
Law of the sea: customary law and the 1982 Montego Bay Convention.
The protection of the environment under public international law.

The course will also focus on some case studies concerning international law issues raised by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attending students will be required to organize and held group presentations during some classes.
Prerequisites for admission
Students may take the final exam only if they have already passed the exam of "Diritto della Comunità internazionale e dell'Unione europea" of the second year of the Bachelor programme.
Teaching methods
Classes are focused on the analysis of international pratice. The investigation on treaties, resolutions adopted by international organizations, judgement by national and international courts and tribunals and national laws and regulations will allow a proper understanding of the diverse topics offered to students during classes. The purpose is to provide students with the necessary analytical tools for analysing and solving case studies.
Teaching materials are published on the Ariel website of the course ( and will be part of the final exam for attending students.
Students will be given the opportunity to make a presentation during classes on a selection of instruments designed by States in the course of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose is to assess whether and to what extent the international legal order offers adequate instruments to cope with a crisis involving the international community as a whole. Detailed information on how students' presentation will be carried out may be found on the Syllabus published on the Ariel website of the course.
Teaching Resources
Unit 1:
S.M. CARBONE e altri, Istituzioni di diritto internazionale, V ed., Giappichelli, Torino, 2016: chapters VI (1.1-5.10), VIII (paras. 1.1-3.11) and IX (paras. 1.1-3.2 and 3.5-7.1).

Unit 2:
S.M. CARBONE e altri, Istituzioni di diritto internazionale, V ed., Giappichelli, Torino, 2016: chapters V, VI (parr. 3.4-3.5), X e XI.

Teaching materials will be published on the Ariel website. They will be part of the programme of the exam for attending students. The exam will also focus on the COVID-19 case study presented during classes.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam is an oral exam . The purpose is to appraise students': a) knowledge and critical understanding of the topics covered during classes and included in the programme of the course; b) capacity of applying the tools of public international law to investigate inter-State relations. Particular attention is given to the proper use of legal lexicon.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Adinolfi Giovanna
Educational website(s)
Thursday (4-7 p.m.) by Skype (giovanna.adinolfi). Office hour of 22 July 2021 is suspended.
Department of International, Legal and Historical-Political Studies, 3rd floor, Room 29.