Advanced International Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode RGMIR51206
Vaknaam Advanced International Law
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I (Blok 1 en 2)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Advanced International Law
Leerdoelen The main objective of the course is to make the students aware of and reflect upon the broader theoretical perspectives on and approaches to international law and the continuous (need for) adaptations of the main doctrines in international law to ensure that the international legal system can play its organising role in international society. Students will learn to recognise and discuss how the dynamic international society requires a continuous rethinking of the interpretation and application of the main doctrines of general international law. Students acquire a broader academic understanding of international law and the international legal system to enable them to reflect on and tackle specific situations in international law effectively.
Omschrijving As law is not a neutral instrument, but reflects prevailing relations in society, one must be aware of the various approaches to the function of (international) law and the different choices that can be and are made about the purpose(s) of the (international) legal system. The course will focus on perceptions of, coherence in and challenges to international law as a legal system that is intended to assist in organizing the global society of states and increasingly non-state actors. In order to gain an understanding of these issues, the course, building on the basic knowledge of Public International Law that all participating students (should) have acquired during their bachelor studies, aims to further explore the theoretical foundations of international law and deepen the knowledge of and insight into international law.
In the first part of the course we will consider various scholarly reflections on this theme. In the second part of the course we will study general features of the international legal system in light of the dynamics of international society. How do the various challenges in the international society influence the traditional doctrines of international law on e.g. law-making, sources, interpretation, subjects, jurisdiction, accountability, dispute settlement and enforcement? In this general course we will deal with these challenges and possible changes from a more general, systemic point of view.

Teaching method: Students will have to study and critically reflect upon various scholarly texts on the approaches to and the developments in international law, which will be discussed in class. Specific individual or group assignments may be part of the preparations for class. Depending on the variety in the student group, discussion of their regional, religious, economic or other differences in the perception of international law will be included.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(14x2 uur hoorcollege)
Toetsvorm paper, schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal indien mogelijk), schriftelijk of mondeling, afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers, zie opmerkingen
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator Wordt later bekendgemaakt
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.M.T.A. Brus ,dr. mr. A.J.J. de Hoogh , M.M.E. Hesselman, LLM. , A. Rachovitsa, 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.
  • Compulsory: Bachelor course on public international law.
  • Not accessible for students who have passed the seminar Advanced Public International Law before 1-9-2015.
Opmerkingen Assessment: The course will be assessed on the basis of a written exam and an individual paper on a related topic of the students own choice. Both count for 50% of the final mark.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
LLM Public International Law 1 semester I compulsory