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 World Trade Organization, international investment law and the ICSID dispute settlemente mechanisms 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 the selected materials indicated throughout the course.
The exam will be in writing and consist of 3 questions to be ansewered in 1 and 1/2 hour.
Students who attended the course will take their exam in English. They can prepare on the basis of their notes and the examined materials from A. CIAMPI, References Materials on International law (Giuffrè, 2011).
Students who do not attend the course, will take their exam in Italian and should prepare on the textbook indicated above.