Accueil > Ethno-political conflict and international law


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course aims to equip participants with all the elements necessary to understand how international law regulates ethno-political conflicts. Beyond its theoretical framework this course will adopt a “practical” approach by examining a large number of case studies. This will permit participants to learn more about the roots and the outcomes of some important ethno-political conflicts around the world and to find out how international organisations deal with those crises, and the effectiveness of the different strategies used for diffusing violent situations and resolving ethno-political conflicts. At the conclusion of this course students will have a sound knowledge of all the legal principles and rules applicable in this field and will have a better understanding of how international lawyers and other actors ought to approach an impending or ongoing ethnic conflict from a legal point of view.


CHRISTAKIS, Théodore (Professeur des universités)

Pedagogical format

The teaching method will be interactive and will rely on class participation. It will not be simply a series of lectures. The course convenor will provide all the necessary elements for the understanding of the subjects treated and will direct the debates, but will also organise a significant number of case studies where the active participation of the students is required.

Course validation

- Final Research Essay, 60% ; - Research Report worth 30% ; - Class Participation worth 10%. More details about the organization of these means of assessment and the topics of the essays will be given during the course.

Required reading

James CRAWFORD, The Creation of States in International Law, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2007

Additional required reading

  • T. CHRISTAKIS, “Secession” in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO: (This article reviews the literature published within the field, combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. Features include intuitive linking and discoverability tools to quickly guide researchers out to the content cited. You will find all necessary readings for this course presented here)
  • M. KOHEN, (edit.), Secession: A Contemporary International Law Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • ESIL IGPS Cambridge Symposium on the ICJ Advisory Opinion on Kosovo, Leiden Journal of International Law, 2011 (1), vol. 24, pp. 71-161
  • T. CHRISTAKIS, Le droit à l'autodétermination en dehors des situations de décolonisation, Paris, La documentation Française, 1999 (for those who read French)
  • Several articles and other readings will be suggested to students during the class