The world is becoming more turbulent day by day. Does International Law have a role in limiting the disruptive elements? Can it offer a scheme to share resources, protect the vulnerable, control climate disaster or Covid-19?
The course covers selected chapters of public international law. Specific emphasis is given to the use of force and the 21st century developments (drones, targeted killings, counter-terrorism), the rights of the individual, (human rights, refugee law), the rules of international transactions (law of treaties, diplomacy), conflicts and disputes (responsibility, the International Court of Justice) and the law of (sharing) natural resources (freshwaters, sea, outer space).
Although the approach dominantly is mainstream and aims at presenting law as it is applied by the international actors and tribunals, critical thoughts will repeatedly penetrate discussions. The reader reflects the diversity of international legal writing: it contains chapters from major textbooks, articles from leading journals and primary sources.
No legal background (general, or in public international law) is required. Many years of experience show that students with the most diverse academic background get accustomed to the language of the scholarly texts and primary sources, so they become fully competent in absolving the course with excellent grades.