Insegnamento a.a. 2022-2023


Department of Law

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 23
BIG (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  IUS/13)
Course Director:

Classes: 23 (II sem.)

Lezioni della classe erogate in presenza

Mission & Content Summary


The course is an introduction of Public International law and European Union law for political science students. It focuses on legal structures underpinning the international relations covering selected topics to provide the basic concepts to understand the nature and function of International law and EU law. Students will deepen their understanding of the complex legal framework in International and European affairs which regulates contemporary international politics and global governance.


  • The making and sources of international law.
  • Subjects of International Law and state jurisdiction.
  • The individual and international law and the international protection of human rights.
  • Responsibility in international law.
  • Settlement of disputes and enforcement of international law.
  • Peace and collective security and the role of the United Nations.
  • The global economy and international law.
  • The EU as a supranational organization.
  • The role of EU law in the evolution of the EU.
  • The impact of EU law and International Law in domestic systems.
  • The key legal institutions of the EU.
  • The law of the internal market: free trade and economic integration.
  • External relations of the EU.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Define the key sources of international law and the relationship between them.
  • Distinguish the subjects of international law.
  • Explain the role of international organisations in international relations.
  • Identify the mechanisms for dispute settlement in international law and their limitations.
  • Describe the role of the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security. 
  • Recognise the basic principles governing international economic law.
  • Explain the concept of a supranational organisation.
  • Recognise the evolution of the EU as a supranational organisation.
  • Explain the role of the key institutions of the EU.
  • Recognise the main features of the EU legal order and the way EU law interacts with national legal systems compared to International law.
  • Describe the internal market and its fundamental freedoms.


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Analise and compare the role of States and international organisations as subjects of international law.
  • Assess the interplay of different sources of international law underpinning international relations.
  • Apply key principles of international law to resolve contemporary international issues.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of international dispute settlement mechanisms in the resolution of international conflicts.
  • Evaluate the role of the UN in maintaining peace and security.
  • Compare the roles of law and politics in the evolution of the EU as a supranational organisation.
  • Critically examine the role of the Court of Justice of the EU in European integration compared to the other EU institutions.
  • Read and understand the case law of the Court of Justice in key areas of EU law.
  • Apply key principles of EU substantive law (including internal market law) to contemporary legal issues.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)


  • Case studies based on key cases in international and EU law are intended to develop student skills in the application of legal rules and the use of legal institutions in international relations and global governance.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  x x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  x x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  x x


100% General exam.  

General exam: two essay questions on International and EU Law and one case-based question in EU law or International law of your choice to be answered in 1 hour and 30 minutes.  

Students can split the general exam into two partial exams: a first mid-term exam in March, consisting of an essay question on the international law programme to be answered in 30 minutes. A second end-term exam in May and June will include an essay question on EU law and a case-based question on your choice of International or EU law to be answered in 1 hour. The general exam is also available to students having sat the first mid-term partial exam; in such a case, the students are evaluated only on the general exam.  for


Extra activities reserved to attending students


Individual 4.000-word paper on topics to be decided with the instructors. The essay will be graded from 0 to 1.5 extra points, and it is suggested for students particularly interested in writing the Final Paper in EU and International Law.


Group presentation on selected topics in International and EU Law at the end of the course. The presentation will be graded from 0 to 1 extra point.


100% General exam  (the same as attending students also in the two partials ) 


NO extra activities

Teaching materials



Jan Klabbers, International Law 3rd Edition, Cambridge University Press. 

Robert Schütze, An Introduction to European Law, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press. 

Students shall also study the compulsory materials uploaded on the blackboard for each lecture. 

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