The course covers the major institutional aspects of international law. An introduction addresses the issues of the structure of international society and the nature of international law. The main focal points of the first part of the course lie in the sources of international law (the functions of production, interpretation as well as application and enforcement of international norms and the mechanisms for their implementation in the internal legal order). The second part is devoted to the study of the rules governing the establishment and functioning of some of the major international organizations. In this context, a deepened outline is given to the United Nations Organizations, the protection of human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, the World Trade Organization and the structures, legal instruments and processes of the European Union.
The course is taught entirely in English. The teaching method combines lectures with class discussions on specific subject-matters and case studies on the basis of materials distributed at the beginning of the course.
Students' preparation will be tested through an oral examination.
Students who attended the course can prepare on the basis of their notes and the distributed materials; their exam will be conducted in English.
Students who do not attend the course, will take their exam in Italian and should prepare on the text book: B. CONFORTI, Diritto internazionale, VII ed., Napoli, Editoriale Scientifica, 2006: Introduction and Parts One, Three, Four and Five.