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DECO 23A01 - Introduction to International Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

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)

Pedagogical format

Session 1: Introduction (I): International law: notion and main characteristics Session 2: Introduction (II): Historical development of international law Session 3: Introduction (III): Is international law really law? Session 4: The sources of international law (I): Treaties (1): definition and conclusion Session 5: The sources of international law (II): Treaties (2): application, invalidity and termination Session 6: The sources of international law (III): Custom, general principles of law, judicial decisions, writings of publicists, unilateral acts of states and resolutions of international organizations Session 7: The enforcement of international law (I): The reception of international law by domestic legal orders Session 8: The enforcement of international law (II): International responsibility of states Session 9: The subjects of international law (I): States (1): Statehood Session 10: The subjects of international law (II): States (2): Jurisdiction: spatial scope and limitations Session 11: The subjects of international law (III): International organizations and individuals Session 12: The fundamental principles of international law: The peaceful settlement of disputes and the prohibition of the use of force

Course validation

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Required reading

  • James Crawford, Brownlies' Principles of Public International Law, 8th edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • 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
  • Jan Klabbers, International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • Malcolm Shaw, International Law, 7th edition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014