Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM5740 (AF:459587 AR:253594)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of INTERNATIONAL LAW
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The course is among the activities that characterise the Global studies and European Union studies curricula of the Master in Comparative International Relations (corso caratterizzante).
The second module aims at completing the discussion of fundamental topics of public international law in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the development of international law against the backdrop of globalization. In particular, this module will explore: international environmental law including eco-centric approaches to law, international criminal law, international human rights law.
The module will provide a focus on human rights law, with specific regard to the Inter-American and the European systems of protection of human rights. The part on the European system will be prepared in cooperation with the Council of Europe office of Venice, and will include lectures by experts.
The aim of this course is three-fold:
1) to equip students with legal language necessary to critically discuss global issues;
2) to equip the students with critical legal reasoning skills so that they can apply what they learn in the books in the analysis of current phenomena;
3) to improve the skills acquired in the first module, through the analysis of cases rendered by international and regional courts,
At the end of the module the students:
1) should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main legal instruments related to the three fields under analysis, namely environmental law, human rights law and international criminal law;
2) could apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their possible work or vocation (internships and work in NGOs, international organisations, agencies, consultants), in particular concerning the mechanisms of protection of human rights;
3) should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant legal instruments (both soft and hard law) of the present situation to elaborate legal reasonings that include reflection on relevant legal and political issues;
4) could communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
5) should have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake more advanced courses or further study with a high degree of autonomy.
Module I is required for all students.
The module will analyse:

- International environmental law: main international legal instruments, new developments such as the right to a healthy environment, climate change litigation and the rights of nature.
- International criminal law: evolution, jurisdiction, international crimes, and the mandate of the ICC.
- International human rights law: evolution, main legal instruments, mechanisms of protection of human rights at the international and regional level, with specific regard to the Inter-American and European systems. A focus will be provided on gender and international law (countering violence against women, reproductive health), and on migration issues.
Attention will be paid to current issues of international law.
M. Evans (ed), International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Module II: chapters 22,24,25,26.

Plus: D. Shelton, Advanced Introduction to International Human Rights Law (Cheltenham: Elgar, 2014). Chapters: 1,3,4,5,6,7.

Students will be asked to study one of the cases uploaded on moodle.

Recommended for those interested in further materials:
Meyer, The International Law on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, most recent edition.
Marrella, Diritto internazionale, Milano, Giuffré, ult. ed.
Check the assessment as it appears in the instructions of module I.
The exam will be joint: module I and II.
Lectures. Interaction in class is encouraged on current issues.
Students attending the course will be provided some additional materials for reflection (judgments, resolutions, legal documents) on which a discussion in class will be based.
It will include the analysis of (real or provided by the professor) case-studies on the resolution of disputes.
Guest lectures of experts of the Council of Europe (in collaboration with the Council of Europe office of Venice) will be organised during the course.

Students that would like to write a thesis in international law can ask further information to the professor after the exam.

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: 28/02/2023