Checking date: 02/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

International Law of territories
Study: Master in Geopolitics and Strategic Studies (346)


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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
General competences GC1. Ability to understand the main factors involved in geopolitical and strategic analysis. GC2. Ability to understand and analyze from a critical perspective the territorial dimension of the discourses and practices that guide international politics, as well as to contribute to the public debate about them and to deepen the values of democracy, dialogue, tolerance, social and environmental justice and peace. GC3. Ability to understand and analyze national and international conflicts that have a territorial origin or influence and propose political strategies and instruments that can contribute to their resolution. GC4. Ability to apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge of geopolitical and strategic studies to the analysis and resolution of cases and concrete empirical problems. GC5. Ability to demonstrate critical thinking in the analytical arguments of their own and of others. GC6. Ability to plan and carry out an autonomous research in the field of geopolitics and strategic studies. GC7. Ability to communicate and present, in a clear, precise and rigorous manner, geopolitical and strategic reports to both specialized and non-specialized audiences. Specific competences: SC6. Ability to understand and use the graphic and cartographic representation techniques of geopolitical and strategic analysis. SC7. Ability to understand and prepare reports of geopolitical and strategic nature according to the methods and specific techniques of this type of documents. SC8. Ability to understand the main geopolitical problems and challenges of today's world and to identify the most relevant risks and threats to national and international security, as well as to analyze them and propose solutions and instruments to fight them.
Description of contents: programme
Introduction to the international law of spaces. - Marine spaces under the jurisdiction of the State. - International marine spaces and Common Heritage of Mankind. - International Straits Law. - International water courses Law. - Polar spaces law. - International Airspace Law. - International Law of outer space.
Learning activities and methodology
The training activities will consist of theoretical classes (AF1) and practical theoretical classes (AF3) on the basis of cases. The methodology to be used is based on classroom presentations by the teacher (MD1), critical reading of recommended texts (MD2); and the resolution of practical cases in group (MD3)
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • BASLAR, K., . The concept of the common heritage of mankind and international law. Martinus Nijhoff. 1998
  • BYERS, M.. Who owns the artic?. Understanding sovereignty disputes in the north. Douglas. McIntyre. 2010
  • DUPUY, R., VIGNES, D.,. A handbook on the new law of the sea. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 1991
  • EMME, CRSON. The future history of the arctic. Bodley Head. 2010
  • FROEHLICH, A., (Ed). A fresh view on the outer space treaty. Springer. 2018
  • LYALL, F., LARSE, P.,. Space law. A treatise. Routledge. 2018
  • McINTYRE, O.,. Environmental protection of international watercourses under international law. Routledge. 2007
  • NORDQUIST, M.,. UNCLOS 1982 COmmentary, . Brill. 2012
Additional Bibliography
  • FREESTONE, D., BARNES, R., ONG, D., (Eds). The law of the Sea: Progress and prospects,. Martinus Nijhoff . 2006
  • LAGONI,R., VIGNES, D.,. Maritime delimitation. Martinus Nijhoff. 2006
  • NOYES, J.,. The common heritage of mankind. Denver Journal of internaitonal law, 40, pp.447-471. 2011
  • SALE, R., POTAPOY, R. The scramble for the Artic. Frances Lincoln, (London). 2010
  • YOSHIFUMI, T. The international law of the Sea. Cambrifge University Press. 2012

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.