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Law of International Institutions

POL 204 Law of International Institutions

Ore di lezione frontale: 42


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Modulo:e  4°

The course is an introduction to the study of the structural features of contemporary international law, of its fundamental legal instruments, rules and principles, and of the institutionalisation process currently underway in the international community. The methodology encourages the methodical study of the discipline, as direct references are made to the basic principles of international law and other legal sources, as well as to international practice. The course will cover the following topics:

1. The Community of Peoples and the society of states: old and new categories of subjects. Equality of states and diversity of identities (communities, minorities, people), the role of international law – from strict to relational reciprocity, criteria for the formation of international rules, the function of international organisations and erga omnes obligations.

2. From intergovernmental organisations to supranational institutions: community law (Africa, Europe), integration law (Latin America and the Caribbean), cooperation law (Asia-Pacific), peaceful settlement of international disputes and preventive action, security and guarantee systems: the role of international cooperation.


SANDS, P. – KLEIN, P., Bowett’s Law of International Institutions, Sweet & Maxwell, London 2009 (6th edition).

KLABBERS, J., An Introduction of International Organization Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2015 (3rd edition).

CONFORTI, B.-FOCARELLI ,C., The Law and Practice of the United Nations, (5th revised edition), Brill-Nijhoff, Leiden 2016.

MARCHISIO, S., L’ONU. Il diritto delle Nazioni Unite, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012 (2a edizione).

BUONOMO, V., Codice per le discipline internazionalistiche, 6 volumi in CD-Rom, testo italiano/inglese, Lateran University Press, Roma 2010.

Professor Vincenzo Buonuomo – Marilena Montanari