Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM1910 (AF:459554 AR:255881)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of INTERNATIONAL LAW
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The purpose of this course is to complete the discussion of fundamental topics of contemporary International Law in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the development of International Law against the backdrop of globalization. In the second part of the course, Private International Law topics will be discussed with reference to International Business Law issues.
By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:

1) Explain, distinguish and apply the fundamental concepts and terminology of International Law covered in the course, including Private International Law
2) Select and apply a range of legally specific rules and principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex International Law problem;
3) Plan and conduct a legal research including learning about and using legal databases, accessing, understanding and using primary and secondary legal resources necessary to work as a professional of International Law.
4) Learn and understand the basic problems and solutions offered by a Conflict of Laws (Private International Law) analysis to regulate transnational business relationships.
Advanced knowledge of International Law. Students that do not meet this requirement should study an introductory textbook before the beginning of the course.
In the first part of the course the following topics will be explored:
- the United Nations
- International Economic and Financial Institutions
- Foreign Direct Investments

In the second part of the course, some basic concepts of Private International Law (or Conflict of Laws) will be explored. In this field, typically a court must decide whether it has jurisdiction to adjudicate a dispute with foreign elements. If so, specific issues arise, such as the characterisation of the cause of action into its component legal categories; choice of law rules to determine which of the competing laws should be applied to each issue; renvoi; proof of foreign law; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. EU Private International Law and conflict of law rules contained in international conventions. International contract issues will be highlighted.
As for the first module, all students shall have knowledge of: Law n.218/95 (Reform of the Italian system of Private International Law). The English text of this Law is available in the download section of this website.
French speaking students will find the text and comments (in French) of the Italian private international Law in Revue critique de droit international privé 1996, p.174 with comments by Giardina, Ballarino, Pocar and Starace.

The reference textbook for this part (Private International Law) is: Geert Van Calster, European Private International Law, latest ed., Hart Pub., ISBN-13: 978-1849466721

- All students shall consult the ERG (Electronic Resource Guide) website for a hands on approach to International Law: .
There will be a written exam (essay questions, about 3 hours).
Candidates who are declared to be admissible may - if they wish so - ask to sit for an oral examination. This test consists of questions covering the whole of public international law or private international law.
A blend of lectures and discussion over issues covered in the textbook. Some cases and/or videoclips may be used to increase interaction and discussion of topics.
The instructor may assign a dissertation work to those students having actively attended his lectures; who have obtained a high grade in this course and know at least two foreign languages.
written and oral

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: 29/06/2023