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Law of International Institutions

Pol 105 Law of International Institutions

Class hours: 42

Credits (ECTS): 6

LM-SP – Specialization in International Politics and Law

Biennial: a.y. 2022-2024

Year: 1st

Terms: 1st2st

Course held in English

The course aims to highlight how the Family of Nations has proceeded to institutionalize itself in order to address, in a coordinated way, the most complex and important issues affecting our times.

The course will use the perspective lens of law, which allows to give certainty to international relations, without neglecting the geopolitical implications that traditionally permeate the relationships between the actors of the international community.

Moreover, the course will be divided into a general part, aimed at highlighting the role of the Intergovernmental Organizations in global governance, their nature, structure and functions, and a special part, which will instead deal with the fundamental issues (e.g. international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, sustainable human development) that are being addressed today at a multilateral level and which have an increasingly concrete impact on national legal systems.

Students will forge their ability to frame the contemporary world in light of International Law tools and place UN activities in new crisis scenarios in their proper context. This aim will be pursued both through traditional lectures and through the active involvement of students in the discussion of relevant international case law.

Bibliographical references:

  • Margaret P. Karns, Karen A. Mingst, and Kendall W. Stiles, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance, third edition (Lynne Rienner, 2015).
  • Brian Frederking and Paul F. Diehl, eds., The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World, fifth edition (Lynne Rienner, 2015).
  • Thomas G. Weiss, David P Forsythe, Roger A. Coate, Kelly-Kate Pease, The United Nations and Changing World Politics, eighth edition (Taylor and Francis Group, 2019).
  • Benedetto Conforti, Carlo Focarelli, The Law and Practice of United Nations, fifth edition (Brill, 2016).
  • Antonio Cassese, Realizing Utopia. The Future of International Law, (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Professor  Marilena Montanari

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