GLB: Public Intern. Law

Provided by: Tilburg
Bachelor's degree (EQF level: 6)

Welcome to the course! Modern global challenges give rise to three sets of fundamental questions that are of concern to international lawyers:

(1) Are existing international laws sufficient for addressing particular challenges, and if not, what is needed?
(2) How does the nature of international law facilitate and limit its ability to address wicked problems?
(3) How do and should international laws interact with one another in a particular situation?

This course is divided into three sections. To begin, we will examine international law regulating four case studies to answer the first question: (1) nuclear weapons; (2) killer robots; (3) human rights violations by transnational businesses; and (4) arms trade.

In the next section, we posit answers to the second question by trying to understand how international law has responded to the following four wicked problems: (1) statelessness; (2) climate change; (2) increased refugee and migrant flows; and (4) human trafficking.

Finally, the third question is tackled using three case studies, examining international laws that govern: (1) freezing a suspected terrorist's assets; (2) detaining a suspected terrorist; and (3) arresting former Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of genocide.

The central aim of this course is for students to strengthen their critical analytical skills through written and oral assignments in which they develop their own legal analysis of these issues.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Write about current international legal issues in a critical analytical and nuanced manner, taking into consideration laws’ potential, limitations and real-world application;
Convey legal positions orally in a persuasive manner, taking into account the opposing positions of others.

  • Fall Semester 2022/23 (from to )

    Course start date 2022-09-01
    Course end date 2022-12-23
    Language English
    Credits 6 (ECTS)
    Grading scheme: Grades will be awarded on a 10 point scale where 6 is the passing grade