Advanced International Law


Knowledge and understanding

The student shall demonstrate a sufficient legal knowledge of the topics dealt with during the course. He/she shall demonstrate a sufficient logical understanding of the same topics. Then he/she shall be able to evaluate critically the rules and regulations studied within the functioning mechanism of international relations.

Applying knowledge and understanding

The knowledge acquired during the course shall permit the student to handle the learned topics. In particular the student shall demonstrate that he/she, thanks to the reached knowledge he/she can initiate further studies with a high level of autonomy. He/she shall be able to sustain critical argumentations with reference of the topics studied during the course.

Further expected learning outcomes:

  • Making judgments: The student shall demonstrate his/her capacity to develop critical evaluation and personal analysis with reference to the main rules of international law studied during the course. He/she shall be able to read and understand the main customary and conventional rules of international law and to apply autonomous judgements to specific practical or theoretical problems.

  • Communication skills: The student shall be able to communicate clearly, exhaustively and persuasively the legal knowledge acquired during the course concerning the contents and interpretation of international law as well cases and States practice.

  • Learning skills: The student shall demonstrate he/she has developed an excellent capacity of understanding international law rules, cases and States practice wherein as well as their impact on international relations. He/she shall be skilled in looking for the sources of international law, the judgements from international courts and tribunals, and the implementation of international law within the internal legal orders.


Territorial Sovereignty

Sovereignty, Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction at Sea (Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, Exclusive Economic Zone, Continental Shelf, High Seas, International Seabed Area, Regime of Straits and Canals, Settlement of Disputes in the Law of the Sea)

Environmental Law

(Evolution, Actors, Sources, Enforcement, Substantive Environmental Law, Ozone layer and environmental changes)

International Economic Law

(International Finance Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law)

International Humanitarian Law

Definition of armed conflicts, Regimes of conflicts: international armed conflicts and internal armed conflicts, Combatants, Prisoners of War, Wounded and sick, Civilians, Lawful and Lawful Targets, Means and Methods of combat, Disarmament

International Criminal Law

(Evolution, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes, Aggression, International Criminal Court)


Attila M. Tanzi, International Law. A Concise Introduction, Bonomo Editore, Bologna, 2017 (all the book)

Malcom Evans, International Law, Fourth Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014.

The following chapters shall be studied

Part VII. The application of international law

22: The law of the sea, Malcolm Evans

23: International environmental law, Catherine Redgwell

24: International investment law, Surya Subedi

25: International criminal law, Robert Cryer

27: The law of armed conflict (international humanitarian law), David Turns

For the students attending the course, other material will be distributed.


Learning results to be verified

The results to be verified consist are the full comprehension of the topics dealt with during the course, the full knowledge of the relevant rules of international la, case law and States practice, the reached ability to comment and evaluate rules and practical cases.

Assessment method:

Oral examination

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International Relations


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