Checking date: 21/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

International cooperation instruments and systems
Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Law (Study Plan 2018) (Plan: 412 - Estudio: 321)


Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Public International Law
The student shall acquire the knowledge of the different sectors and regimes in international law. Students must get the ability to understand the principles, rules and regulations governing international activity of sovereign States, International Organizations and other subjects of international law in the exercise of their powers and competences. Special attention will be drawn to the implementation of the executive powers of the Sovereign States over the people. Also the way people are treated, including an introduction to the rules on the protection of human rights and immigration rules. The international legal regime for the protection of the environment will be analyzed comprehensively. Students will be introduced into the basic rules of international law relating to international economic system. Finally students should know the basic rules for the settlement of international disputes and the regime of banning the use of armed force, including the knowledge of international humanitarian law and the basic regimes concerning the disarmament and arms control, particularly of weapons of mass destruction.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Theme 1. Personal jurisdiction of States in International Law. 1.1 Nature of the jurisdictional competences. Regime of exercise according to their spatial ambit.1.2. General regime of the nationality link.The relation with the nationals who are outside the therritory of the State. 1.3.Competences on non nationals.Different situations. Extraterritorial exercise of jurisdiction on foreigners. 1.4.Regimen of persons protected by an international status. 1.5. Persons needed of international protection.The protection of the asylum and refuge. Theme 2. International protection of human rights : the universal system. 1. Origins of international law human rights protection in contemporary world. 2. The contribution of the League of Nations to the international law of human rights. 3. The United Nations and human rights. 4. Changes in the international law of human rights. 5. The universal de minis standard of human rights. Spain and the international protection of human rights. Theme 3. International protection of human rights. The process of determination and the process of of regionalization. 3.1. Protection within the framework of the Council of Europe. 3.2. The protection by the European Union. The frame of the OSCE. 3.3. The protection in the american region : OEA. The system of the S. José Convention.3.4 The international protection in the african region. Theme 4.The international protection of the environment. 4.1. Historical developmen and general questions.4.2. Principles and general norms of the Internationasl Law of Environment.4.3. The protection of the global environment : ambits and problems.4.4.Protection of specifics sectors and ecosystems. Theme 5. Principles and norms of International Economic Law.5.1.General questions. The material ambit of internatonal regulation. 5.2. Institutional regimes : FMI,BM,OMC.5.3.The role of UNO, the regional organizations and other organisms 5.4. International development Law. International Investment Law. Theme 6. Pacific solution of international controversies. 6.1 Basic notions : crisis, conflict, controversy. 6.2.Diplomatic procedures of solution. 6.3. The solution of controversies and multilateral diplomacy:universal and regional frames. 6.4.Jurisdictional procedures : arbitral and judicial tribunals. The ICJ. Thme 7. The international regimen of the prohibition and use of armed force. 7.1. General questions and historical development. 7.2.Licit uses of amed force in International Law. Legitime defense. 7.3.The security system of the ONU Charter and the problems of its application. The situation after the conflicts of Afganistán, Iraq ansd Siria.7.4.Other alleged forms of licit use or armed force in International Law. 7.5 Regime of the use of force during the armed conflicts Basic Princoiples of International humanitarian Law.7.6.Prohibition and limits of the use of some weapons in International Law
Learning activities and methodology
Theoretical explanations of the main topics of the subject will take place, with active participation of the students in the learning activities. There will be several sessions where readings will be evaluated. The main international legal texts and their special relationship with the Spanish law will be analyzed. Furthermore case studies based on real events, including knowledge of print media and, where appropriate, specialized videos will be studied.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Reinisch. Advanced Introduction to International Investment Law. Elgar. 2019
  • Beyerlin, U. and Marauhn, TH.. International Environmental Law. Hart-Beck. 2016
  • Fitzmaurice, M., Tanzi, A., Papantoniou, A.. Multilateral Environmental Treaties. Elgar. 2017
  • Freestone, D.. Sustainable Development and International Environmental Law. Elgar. 2018
  • Fripp, E.. Nationality and Statelessness in International Law of Refugee Status. Hart. 2016
  • Gammage, C.. North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes. Elgar. 2017
  • Gauvoneli, M., Plakokefalos, I.. Documents in International Environmental Law. Hart. 2018
  • J. Husa. Advanced Introduction to Law and Globalisation. Elgar. 2018
  • Lester, S., Mercurio, B., Davies, A.. World Trade LAw. Text, Materials and Commentary. Hart. 2018
  • Lim, C. L., Ho, J., Paparinskis, M.. International Investment Law and Arbitration . Cambridge U.P.. 2018
  • M. J. Trebilcock - M. Mota Prado. Advanced Introduction to Law and Development. Elgar. 2014
  • Merrils, J. G.. International Dispute Settlement. Cambridge U. P.. 2017
  • Mitchell, A. D., Heaton, D., Henkels, C.. Non-Discrimination and the Role of Regulatory Purpose in International Trade and Investment Law. Elgar. 2018
  • Moreiro González, C. J.. The Convergence of Recent International Investment Awards and the Case Law on the Principle of LEgitimate Expectations: Towards Common Criteria Regarding Fair and Equitable Treatment? . European Law Review (Thomson Reuters) nr. 42, III, pp. 402 ss.. 2017
  • Morgera, E.. Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Elgar. 2017
  • Paddock, L, Markell, D. L., Bryner, N. S.. Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law. Elgar . 2017
  • Scotford, E.. Environmental Principles and the Evolution of Environmental Law. Hart. 2017
  • Shaw, M. N.. International Law. Cambridge U.P.. 2017
  • Shaw, Malcolm N.. International Law. Cambridge U.P.. 2017

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.