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KINT 4635 - Law and Practice of the International Civil Servants

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Students should have basic general culture of law or basic concepts of constitutional or international law relevant to the activities of international organizations depending on their field of specialisation (human rights, international security and management of public institutions, etc)

Course Description

Due to the proliferation of International Organizations (the UN common system, the European Union system and other systems), this course is constructed: - To provide students with basic knowledge on the origin and sources of the international civil service law, as derived from the constitutional treaties and the headquarters agreements with the host countries of International Organizations and from their practice. - To analyse in practical manner the legal general measures governing the rights and obligations of the international civil servants, their conditions of works as well as their security and its protection by internal bodies or governmental bodies. -To explain the decision-making process to adopt and to implement the institutional law governing the structure and the work of international organizations, and to highlight the role of the international civil servants in the implementation of the missions and programmes of their Organisations with an attempt to answer how to become an international civil servant.


EL ZEIN, Souheil (Enseignant)

Pedagogical format

Each session will deal with the relevant questions to be reviewed during the discussion. One session might deal with a simulation of a debate by a governing body of an international Organization on a topic chosen from amongst those linked to the course

Course validation

The course grade will be based on obligatory presentation for oral discussions (40%) and on a final written examination (practical case to be prepared as a homework) at the end of the course (50%), with assessment of individual participation (10%) during the discussions of the class.


Students should to read the relevant instruments or documents selected for the topics before each session. The 12 seminars will focus on the topics specified in the syllabus. Active participation in class.

Required reading

  • 1. C.F. Amerasinghe: “Principles of the Institutional Law of International Organizations. Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative law (CUP, 2nd ed., 2005)
  • 2. R.-J.Dupuy(ed.): “A Handbook on International Organizations/Manuel sur les organisations internationals”. 2nd edition (1998). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
  • Recommended readings: Many documents relating to specific Topic will be delivered before each session.
  • Supplemental readings: many documents and cases might be communicated by email, without prejudice to specific readings recommended for each topic and delivered before each session