Syllabus/achievement requirements - JUS5540 ( 10 credits)
Students are expected to achieve thorough knowledge of the following topics:
The sources of international law, in particular treaty law and customary international law, the subjects of international law, the institutions of international law, the obligation to resolve disputes peacefully, the prohibition against the use of force, state responsibility for non-compliance with international law, enforcement and dispute settlement, and the impact of theoretical approaches to international law, including Realism, Liberalism, TWAIL, and Feminism.
Skills and general competence
Students read and analyze primary sources (treaties and ICJ cases), they prepare case reports and conduct group work to answer contemporary problems arising during the semester (such as inaction of the U. N. Security Council vis a vis Venezuela, provisional order by the ICJ addressing genocide, etc.) Students are able to critically assess the institutional structure of the international system, its interaction with the national level and other systems (such as politics and economics), and the effectiveness of its dispute resolution mechanisms. Students will gain skills including the capacity to identify, explain, and interpret relevant international rules for specific problems, as well as a basis for negotiating or drafting texts for treaty making, etc. These skills are relevant for careers within ministries of justice/foreign affairs, international organizations, think-tanks, or pursuit of an academic career.