Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT0820 (AF:355049 AR:189416)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is included in the degree programs in "Languages, civilizations and language sciences - International politics" and "History", and it is aimed at providing basic knowledge of international law, with a specific focus on its historical evolution and on the impact of this field of law in the global socio-economic scenario.
The purpose of this course is twofold:
1) to provide students with the legal language necessary to understand international legal provisions and measures;
2) to provide students with critical legal reasoning skills in order to better analyse current and complex phenomena.
1) Knowledge and understanding
Students shall demonstrate the ability to properly use the language of international law, as well as knowledge and understanding of the structure of international law and the relationship with national legal systems.

2) Applying knowledge and understanding
Students shall demonstrate the capacity to understand international legal provisions and measures, in order to elaborate legal reasonings as well as critical reflections on relevant economic and social issues.

3) Making judgements
Students shall be able to express independent opinions on legal, economic and social issues involved in the field of international law.

4) Communication skills
Students shall demonstrate the ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and potential solutions in the field of international law to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5) Learning skills
Student shall demonstrate the ability to independently investigate controversial issues.
A basic knowledge of law might be useful, although not compulsory.
- Introduction: basic and fundamental legal definitions, history, evolution and structure of international law;
- Actors and subjects of international law;
- Sources of international law;
- International responsibility;
- Resolution of international disputes;
- The adaptation of national law to international law.
- Carreau-Marrella, Diritto internazionale, Giuffrè, last edition. Chapters V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XIX, XXIII, XXV excluded.

- Materials available on moodle.

Other suggested textbooks:
- Antonio Cassese, Diritto internazionale, Il Mulino, last edition.
- Tania Groppi, Andrea Simoncini, Introduzione allo studio del diritto pubblico e delle sue fonti, Giappichelli, last edition (only chapters from 1 to 5).

English Speaking foreign students (i.e. Erasmus) may prepare the exam on the textbook by Jan Klabbers, International law, Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2017.

Written exam, multiple choice.

The exam is aimed at demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the contents of the whole course.

Only students registered through the University online platform can take the final exam.
Lectures. Interaction in class is warmly encouraged.

Students attending the course will be provided with some additional materials for reflection and discussion (judgments, resolutions, legal documents).
Only to students who have passed the exam with a grade equal to or greater than 26/30 will be supervised. Preference will be given to those who have participated in the practical course for writing theses issued by Dr. Anna Gasperini (for registration to said course:

How to require thesis supervision:
Thesis supervision shall be asked in person during reception hours, which will take place via skype (for information on office hours, see the teacher's web page). The first draft of the thesis must be delivered to the teacher at least one month before the deadline for uploading the thesis.

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion.
Students with disabilities may contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices ( to benefit from specific services (i.e., alternate testing, readers, etc).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/09/2021