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Advanced International Law (6 ECTS)


Lecturer: Prof. Dr M.M.T.A. Brus (coordinator), Dr A.J.J. de Hoogh

When: Block 1 + 2

Brief course description: 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.

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.

*Official course information and schedules during the academic year can be found in Ocasys.

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