Seminar International Law in Practice

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode RGMIR51706
Vaknaam Seminar International Law in Practice
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a (Blok 3)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Seminar International Law in Practice
Leerdoelen The main objective is to train practical skills necessary for identifying, clarifying, analysing and applying rules and principles of international law in in complex real-life situations with a view to provide relevant legal advice to the client. Students may have to apply their knowledge of international law to areas of international law which they have limited or no specialised knowledge of, requiring them to quickly become acquainted with such area through efficient use of various sources of information. Making effective use of advisers (academic staff or otherwise) is part of the training. Writing a client-oriented report will improve their ability to write a legal analysis and to formulate client-oriented legal conclusions and recommendations. Making the oral presentation should train their presentation skills. Students will have to respect strict deadlines.
Omschrijving The practice of international law is the focus of this course. Students will be asked to investigate and report on concrete questions relating to international law that have arisen or may arise in international or domestic practice. Students will be assigned a role as legal advisor to a minister for foreign affairs, legal counsel at an international organisation, counsel for a party in an international dispute, independent consultant on international law, or any other role in which the ‘client’ expects an international legal advice in the context of a law-making exercise, dispute settlement procedure or policy making. Situations to be investigated may be taken from reality and be chosen in consultation with an existing institution or an individual practitioner, or be fictitious. Depending on the scope of the problem to be tackled the assignments will be individual or assigned to a group of students. The outcome of the investigation will be a report or memorandum to the ‘client’. Students will present the report orally to the ‘client’. The situations will focus on the application of international law to a concrete problem or situation rather than on theory or scholarly views on international law. Obviously, theory of international law can be relied on to support a particular interpretation of or position in international law. It is for the course instructor(s) to assign situations to students.
The course may also take the form of a moot court exercise in which students represent their ‘client’ in court. In a moot court exercise students will be expected to write a memorial and to present their arguments orally before the court.

Teaching method: A specific situation will be assigned by the course instructor(s) to students individually or to a small group of students. Students will have to tackle the problem independently, but an academic tutor will be assigned to each student (group). The tutor or any other expert can be consulted with the aim of providing general assistance in analysing the problem, formulating the relevant legal questions and finding relevant sources. Students will meet at least twice during the course with their tutor to report on the progress and explain the problems they encounter before handing in their draft report. The tutor will provide feedback on the draft report at least a week before the final report is due.
Assessment: The assessment is based on the final report. If a report is written jointly by a group of students all members of the group will receive the same grade. The reports are graded on the basis of the following criteria: clarity of the analysis of the situation and the legal questions that are identified; identification and explanation of the applicable law; application and interpretation of the applicable law to the specific situation; conclusions and recommendations; sources used; use of references; bibliography; style of writing; use of the English language; and oral presentation of the report. The grades for the written memorial will be the same for all students representing the same client in a moot court exercise, but individual adjustments to the grade may be made on the basis of the oral presentation and the ability to answer questions from the members of the moot court.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm seminaar
(7 2-hour seminar. Attendance compulsory.)
Toetsvorm paper(s)
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator A. Tsampi, PhD.
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.M.T.A. Brus , A. Tsampi, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
To be announced.
  • This course is only accessible for students that have been fully admitted to a master's degree programme within the Faculty of Law.
  • This course is not open to non-law exchange students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
LLM Public International Law 1 semester II a compulsory