Accueil > The politics of international law


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course provides an introduction to the study of the politics of international law. The aim is to familiarise students with international law and to explore central debates about the making, interpretation and enforcement of international law. Drawing on cutting-edge International Relations and International Law scholarship and inquiring into different theoretical lenses, the course illuminates central questions about the nature, functions and limitations of international law. Key theoretical and empirical aspects of the role of international law and international institutions in international relations are explored, including in the specific areas of human rights, use of force and international crimes. By focusing on theory and practice, the course is designed to equip students with the analytical tools necessary for making sense of the evolution of the international system and for critically assessing the role and recent developments of international law.


DITTRICH, Viviane E. (Deputy Director, International Nuremberg Principles Academy)

Required reading

  • Armstrong, D., Farrell, T. and H. Lambert, International Law and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • Byers, M. (ed.), The Role of Law in International Politics: Essays in International Relations and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Dunoff, J. L. and M. A. Pollack (eds), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Reus-Smit, C. (ed.), The Politics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • Simpson, G., Law, War & Crime (Polity, 2007)