Curricular Unit:Code:
International Public Law1142DIPU
3UndergraduatePolitical Science and International Relations6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
a) Acquire knowledge and capacity for understanding in International Public Law at a level that, going beyond basic knowledge, develops and deepens them, with advanced level materials on the legal aspects of the international society;
b) Apply knowledge in the context professional activities, in particular through the use and analysis of the most relevant cases;
c) Solve problems in International Public Law, through argumented analysis and synthesis;
d) Be able to search for and manage sources of information and documentation;
e) Develop oral and written communication skills, to present ideas to audiences with different levels of expertise;
f) Acquire interpersonal and self-critical skills, enabling her/his autonomous lifelong learning.
1. Basic tools of international law (3 ECTS)
1.1. Principles and Sources of International Law
International conventions; International customs; general principles of law; judicial decisions and teachings; other sources.
1.2. Development of International Law
Historical aspects; Actors of International Law: states; International organizations; other actors; Sea Law.
2. Contrasts of international law (3 ECTS)
2.1. Protection of individuals v. State interests
Immunities and the limits of state jurisdiction; International disputes.
2.2. Main Instruments of Human Rights
The universal system of human rights; regional mechanisms; Analysis of cases.
Typology of international courts. Analysis of relevant case law.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
1. Theoretical-Practical sessions:
1.1. Description Units 1 to 3.
1.2. Pedagogical objectives: to understand the current legal topics of International Public Law, and specifically its potentialities and limits.
2. Tutorial supervision:
2.1. Description: capacity to gather and to read information, ideas, problems, and find solutions.
2.2. Objective: training the implementation of knowledge in order to solve problems in different contexts and global assessment of the learning capacities aiming at being autonomous.
3. Others:
3.1. Assessment of the written texts of students.
3.2. Description: to do a balance, both individual and collective, of tests results.
3.3. Objectives: assess the level of knowledge for the resolution of theoretical problems (first test) and practical ones (second test) on International Public Law.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The evaluation is based on a written test related to the various topics of the programme, namely on the principles of international law, the sources of international law, and on the essential aspects of the development of international law (50% of the final assessment); and on a practical work based on case-law, including the regular execution of the analysis of the main legal cases of international law (50% of the final assessment).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The learning methodologies used in Units 1 to 2 (pedagogical expositive method by objective) are adapted to the objectives of developing the ability to understand and analyze critically the main legal aspects. In particular, the methodological support permits to materialize the objective consisting in the ability to operationalize the concepts in practice, with emphasis on simple case studies. These methodologies mutually potentiate the autonomy of the student, both in the deductive learning aspects and in the preparation to the inductive learning.
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BACELAR GOUVEIA, J. (2015). Direito Internacional da Segurança, Coimbra: Almedina.
BADERIN, Mashood A. (2008). International Law and Islamic Law. Hampshire: Ashgate.
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STEINERTE Elina, WALLACE, Rebecca (2008). International Law Nutcases. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
WALLACE Rebecca, HOLIDAY, Anne (2006). International Law in a Nutshell. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
João Casqueira (