Diplomatic and Consular Law

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
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
Lectures supported by power point presentations and discussion of topical issues. There will be seminars held by external lecturers experts. During the Course, attending students will have the opportunity to carry out a research work (either individually or in a group) on a specific case study agreed with the teacher. The results of this work will be discussed in the class under the supervision of the teacher.
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, 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. 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.
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
Tuesday (from 15 to 18)
Remotely on Teams (code8hf9dnz); by appointment via e-mail