Accueil > Introduction to international law


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is designed as a classical introduction to public international law. It aims at acquainting students with the basic concepts, rules and mechanisms of this branch of law that governs relations among sovereign states and which is increasingly concerned with the regulation of relations between states and natural or legal persons. In line with the geographical area of specialization of Menton campus, priority will be given to examples taken from modern history and current situation of the Middle East. Among the issues that will be addressed are: the second Arab-Israeli war (1967), the hostages crisis of the American embassy in Teheran (1979), the invasion of Kuwait (1990), the international armed interventions in Iraq (1991-2003) and Libya (2011), the question of Western Sahara, the statehood of Palestine and the consequences of its accession to the Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Syrian refugees crisis, the ISIS phenomenon and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.


MESSIHI, Najib (Doctorant)

Course validation

Requirements and grading: mid-term exam (40% of course mark). final exam (50% of course mark). In-class participation (10% of course mark).

Required reading

  • Andrew Clapham, Brierly's Law of Nations: An Introduction to the Role of International Law in International Relations, 7th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Malcolm Shaw, International Law, 7th edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014
  • James Crawford, Brownlies' Principles of Public International Law, 8th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Jan Klabbers, International Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013