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ADRO 25A11 - Introduction to Public International Law

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The class will be an overview of modern international law problems and procedures. In the fields of trade, human rights or the environment, international law has come to play a fundamental role as it has already and still does for traditional issues such as the production of norms and the existence, the status of the main subjects of international law in their mutual relations either through transactions or in disputes settlement. Major steps have been taken through the adoption and implementation of conventions and principles some being regarded as jus cogens. Events such as the Balkans crisis, civil wars in Africa, Arab uprisings have changed the exercise of UN powers and raised questions as to whether domestic matters may constitute a threat to international peace and security and how international action might be taken. The increasing number of courts and arbitration not only favours the development of international law by the judiciary but renews the crucial topic of the relation between international law and domestic law.


DE CARA, Jean-Yves (Professeur des Universités)

Course validation

The students will follow seminars in which they will have to present papers or speeches which will be assessed during the classes. At the end of the course they will take a written exam of three hours consisting of a paper on a general topic or a commentary of documents related to international law.

Required reading

  • Akehurst's Modern Introduction to International Law, ed. by Peter Malanczuk, Routledge London, NY, 1997
  • Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law, ed. James Crawford, 8th ed., Oxford, 2012
  • J.G. Merrills International Dispute Settlement, Cambridge, 2005
  • Malcolm Shaw International Law, Cambridge, 2008

Additional required reading

  • Malcolm Evans International Law Oxford 3rd ed. 2012
  • Gerhard von Glahn Law among Nations: an introduction to public international Law, Pearson Longman 10th 2012
  • L.B. Sohn, K.G.Juras, J.E.Noyes, E. Francks Law of the sea in a nutshell, St Paul West, 2010
  • John H. Jackson The World trading system: Law and policy of International Economic relations, 1997
  • Charles De Visscher Theory and Reality in Public International Law, Princeton, 1968, edited by Percy Ellwood Corbett, 2015