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DDRO 25A01 - Public International Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course Public International Law offers a panorama of international law norms regulating the peaceful existence and continuous development of international society, mainly inter-State relations. The rules and their knowledge thus constitute fundamental pillars of the overall understanding of international relations and politics as well as their impact on national decision-making. The aim of the course is both to learn the norms and to acquire capacity to apply them to particular world affairs and main judicial cases. Issues like State sovereignty and its limits, peaceful settlement of disputes, coercive measures and the use of force as ultima ratio, human rights standards and their enforcement and the role of supranational institutions will be studied. The underlying line is the identification of the sources of international law, the subjects bound by its norms as well as the consequences of the violation of international law. Finally a complete framework of international law and its position beside foreign and international policy, economy, religion and international ethics will crystalize.


SMUCLEROVA, Martina (International law expert, Czech Diplomat)

Course validation

Continuous Assessment (working group presentation, mid-term exam, essay, active participation in class).

Required reading

  • Reading materials (excerpts from doctrine, legal documents, topical articles etc.) are provided to students for each class.
  • Shaw, M.N., International Law, 7th ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014, 981 p.
  • Daillier, P., Pellet, A., Forteau, M., Droit international public, 8e éd., L.G.D.J., Paris, 2009, 1722 p.