At the end of this course, students will be able to understand and explain main issues of the contemporary international law, to find and use information regarding international law effectively, to submit sound arguments on international law issues, and, last but not least, to create legal solutions for international problems, even in case where there has been a substantial uncertainty as regards a particular issue.
1. International law: Where do we stand today? Sources of International law and where to find them. Case-law databases, international conventions on the web etc.
2. Fragmentation of International Law: Case study. The development of legal argumentation.
3.International Dispute Settlement: Why, how and where? The mock trial before an international court/arbitration tribunal. May there be any strategy in choosing the forum for a particular dispute?
4. The test of mainstream legal assumptions. The effective reading and critical thinking on International law. Mutual critique of arguements amogn students.
5. European Court of Human RIghts. How to plead before this court. The analysis of the selected ECHR cases. The writing of application thereto.
6. Colloqium and feedback.
Shaw, M. N. International Law. 6th Edition. Cambridge/NY: Cambridge University Press, Goldsmith, J. L. and Posner, E. A. The Limits of International Law. Oxford/NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.
The analysis of cases of both international and national courts, the writing of legal documents, the development of legal argumentation via "hard cases", the critical assessment of mainstream international law assumptions.
Colloquium and an essay.
This course is intended for those students who wish to develop not only theoretical skills in international law, but also those of a more practical nature.
Students will have to search legal sources, including case law, analyse them and express their opinion. They will be expected to write legal documents.
The course will require the preparation by the students. This will include namely reading, writing and working with IT technologies, as well as discussing the problematic issues that have arisen in international law. Hence the preparation before the seminar is of an essential importance.