Full course description
The important role played by international law in international relations is evident: it offers not only a means for facilitating international cooperation, but also provides a psychological barrier against international delinquencies such as the waging of unlawful wars, the perpetration of widespread and systematic violations of human rights, and the extensive pollution of the environment. It also fulfils a vital role in national legal systems, as States are bound to incorporate or implement some international obligations into domestic law, such as those derived from human rights treaties, certain resolutions of the UN Security Council, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
This course covers fields of regulation that relate directly to priority issues on the international agenda, such as the law of armed conflicts, international human rights law, and international criminal law. The topics addressed in the course should thus be of great interest to UCM students.
The ultimate objectives of the course are to develop your ability to think independently and to improve your problem-solving skills.
By the end of the course, you are expected to be able to:
- explain basic concepts and principles of international law
- discuss controversial international legal issues
- compare the structure, applicable law, and practice of certain international institutions
- analyse and solve real or hypothetical problems by applying the rules and principles of international law
SSC1007 Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning or another law course;
SKI1008 Introduction to Academic Skills I; SKI1009 Introduction to Academic Skills II;
PRO1010 Introduction to Academic Communication: A Writing Project.
SSC1006/SSC2002 International Relations: Themes and Theories.
López Martín, Anna Gemma (ed.), Public International Law, Dykinson, Madrid, 2022 ISBN: 978-84-1122-427-7. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher (www.dykinson.com) or from retailers such as Amazon.
Blackstone’s International Law Documents, Oxford University Press, last edition available. It can be purchased from the publisher (www.global.oup.com) or from other retailers.