cod. 23887

Academic year 2022/23
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Diritto internazionale (IUS/13)
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims at providing students with basic notions of Public International Law. At the end of the course, students will be able 

- to recognize, interpret and properly apply international norms to the relations between States and within the national legal system; 

- to further an autonomous study of other sectors of International Law;

- to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases and to support arguments


with a correct terminology and adequate reasoning.

Course unit content

Concepts and features of International Law:
- notion of International Law;
- subjects: States, intergovernmental organizations, other entities;
- individuals as entities having rights and duties under International Law. 

The maintenance of international peace and security and the prohibition of the use of force.

Sources of International Law:
- treaties and the law of treaties;
- general rules of International Law.

State responsibility for internationally wrongful acts

Settlement of international disputes

Incorporation of International Law into national legal systems

Full programme

Oral examination.
Knowledge and understanding will be verified with at least two questions aimed at verifying the actual knowledge of the basic notions of international law.
The ability to apply knowledge and independence of judgment will be assessed by inviting the student to discuss general notions in the light of concrete cases.
The ability to communicate will be assessed by evaluating the student's ability to provide exhaustive definitions, to use appropriate terminology and to clarify the meaning of particular expressions or concepts.
Learning skills will be assessed through an overall assessment of the answers given to the questions proposed.


Students attending courses:
E. Cannizzaro, Diritto internazionale, Fourth ed., Giappichelli, Torino, 2018, except the parties that will be specified during the course.

Non-attending students:
T. Scovazzi (ed.), Corso di Diritto internazionale, Parte I, Terza ed., Giuffrè, Milano, 2018, Chapter I (only sections: 1,2, 3, 4; 13 and 14; 17, 18, 19) and Chapter II;
T. Scovazzi (ed.), Corso di Diritto internazionale, Parte II, Seconda ed., Giuffrè, Milano, 2015, Chapter I; Chapter II (except sections: 16 and 17); Chapter III; Chapter IV (except sections: 10, 11 and 12) or Third edition of the same handbook (Milano, 2022): Chapter I (except sections 2-3-35-36); Chapter II; Capitolo III (except sections 10 and 11).

Teaching methods

The exams of the following courses are propaedeutic to the exam of Public International Law: Private Law Institutions, Roman Law Institutions and Constitutional Law.
The exam of Public International Law is propaedeutic to any other exam of courses belonging to the scientific sectors IUS/13 and IUS/14.

Assessment methods and criteria

Some topics will be covered with experts in the field, i.e. lawyers, judges, diplomats, international officials, national and foreign University professors, members of NGOs.

Other information

Taught lessons: 48 hours
Seminars: 16 hours
During seminars, students shall analyze and discuss international documents and case-law available at the Elly Platform.