Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT0820 (AF:220298 AR:103605)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
he course will introduce students to the study of Public International Law, outlining the main features of the international legal system.
Learning objectives:
- understand the complexity of the international legal system, and the main differences with national ones, in particular with regard to subjects of law;
- study sources of law and the relations among them;
- delve into the notion of State sovereignty and the limitations posed to that notion by international law;
- analyze how international disputes are solved, how to assess State responsibility at the international level, which are the legal implications of the prohibition of the use of force;
- thanks to several examples and discussions in class, link the theoretical framework to the current situation at the international level (migrations, ongoing conflicts). One of the topics will regard a current and sensitive issue: violence against women and the measures adopted at the international and European level to counteract the phenomenon.
Some basic knowledge of law is recommended.
- Subjects of International Law: States and International Organizations.
- Sources: international customs, treaties and general principles of law. Jus cogens.
- Italian Constitution and treaties.
- State Jurisdiction.
- The Law of the Sea.
- Privileges and immunities of foreign States.
- The relationship between international law and domestic law.
- Settlement of international disputes.
- International responsibility

Special part: the fight against gender-based violence towards women.
A. CASSESE, Diritto internazionale, a cura di Gaeta, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013.

or, as alternative,

F. MARRELLA, D. CARREAU, Diritto internazionale, Milano, Giuffré, 2016 - Ch. I, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV

Foreign students (i.e. Erasmus) may prepare the exam on the textbook by M. Dixon, International Law, Oxford, OUP,2013.

Students must know the relevant provisions of the following legal instruments: UN Charter, Vienna Convention on the law of the treaties, draft articles on State responsibility elaborated by the International law Commission (2001). These documents can be downloaded from the official websites or found here:
R. LUZZATTO - F. POCAR, Codice di diritto internazionale pubblico, Torino, Giappichelli, ultima ed.

For those attending the course (one open question during the exam, paper for those attending the course): S. De Vido. Donne, violenza e diritto internazionale. La Convenzione di Istanbul del Consiglio d'Europa del 2011. Mimesis, 2016.

Some articles and cases will be provided during the lessons and will be uploaded to the webpage "materiali didattici".
Written exam for all:
12 questions multiple choice;
question on the special part (violence against women);
1 open question on all the programme.

The exam is aimed at assessing the achievement of the learning objectives, in particular the knowledge of legal language and the application of the main concepts of international law to the study of current challenges.

For those who attend the course:

During the course, few classes will be devoted to the topic of gender-based violence against women in international law. Seminars will be held by dr. Marcella Ferri (Guest speaker, university of Bergamo). For those who attend the course, the professor will explain the first day of the course the structure of the exam, which will also consist of a paper to be delivered by the end of the semester. Seminars will be held twice or three times over the semester on the day and time which most suitable for students.
Lectures. Some cases may be used to increase interaction and discussion of topics.

Over the semester, conferences and seminars on issues of international law will be proposed. Students are invited to participate.
Samples of final tests and powerpoint presentations are uploaded in "materiale ISA".
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki
  • Use of open-source software
Last update of the programme: 11/09/2017