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KDEC 9190 - General Public International Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Nowadays, international law is everywhere. There is barely any field of human activity which is not governed by rules of international law. The course will purport at explaining the basic and fundamental concepts, institutions and principles of international law (prohibition of the threat and use of force in international relations, peaceful settlement of disputes, cooperation in good faith, self-determination, etc.). In this context, the course will identify the subjects of international law (states, international organizations, the status of non-state actors), putting a special emphasis on issues relating to statehood in today's international relations (e.g. Kosovo, South Sudan, Palestine, etc.). The course will also deal with the sources of international law, focusing in particular on the notion of treaties as well as the notion of customary international law. International law is often (wrongly) criticized for the weakness of its mechanisms of enforcement. The course will aim at demonstrating that such mechanisms of enforcement do exist and are sometimes effective, through the analysis of the law of state responsibility. Finally, the course will explore the main characteristics of dispute-settlement procedures at the international level.


MBENGUE, Makane M. (Professeur associé, Geneva University of Law School)

Course validation

Participation in class (or mid-term exam) + Final written exam.


One hour per week.