Public International Law
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvaheline avalik õigus
Course title in English
Public International Law
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Jaak Roosaare (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
¤ To create opportunities to gain knowledge of the following: the existence of international law and its sources; the relationship between international law and state (municipal) law; subjects of international law (especially states); nationality and citizenship issues; law of treaties; state responsibility; peaceful settlement of disputes; law of the sea; human rights; international criminal law; international environmental law; international economic law and organizations;
¤ to give an overview of the practical bases: jurisdiction, state sovereignty and immunities;
¤ to examine the nature and character of international agreements, enforcement mechanisms of international oversight bodies and their relationships among states parties and their subjects;
¤ to create opportunities for learning how to use in practice the knowledge gained in the course through the study of cases;
¤ to widen the students’ worldview and understanding about what is happening in today’s world in connection with international law and the processes associated with it;
¤ to give the students a basic understanding of the terminology used in international law;
¤ to create interest in international law among the students and to better their understanding of current events and world news events that are connected with international law and relations.
Brief description of the course
The nature of international law; sources and evidence of international law; norms of customary international law and how they are created; conventional norms of international law; the relationship between international law and the law of states (municipal law); determination of statehood and the recognition of states; the recognition of governments; self-determination of “peoples”; state succession; organizations (international and non-governmental), private corporations and individuals as subjects of international law; nationality under international law; the law of treaties; state responsibility; peaceful settlement of disputes; bases of jurisdiction; immunity from jurisdiction; law of the sea; international watercourses; polar regions and outer space; international environmental law; state responsibility for injury to aliens and foreign investors; human rights; international criminal law; international economic law and organizations.
Independent work
Compulsory reading assignments including case briefs, legislation and scholarly articles to be read before lectures and seminars, as assigned by the lecturer and detailed in the course program.
Other tasks may include case analysis, written seminar papers, presentations, independent or group work as detailed in the course program.
Learning outcomes in the course
After a successful completion of the course, a student will have:

¤ Knowledge of the place and importance of international law in worldwide and internal state politics;
¤ general knowledge about each important area of international law;
¤ knowledge about the directions of future development of international law in the areas of human rights, law of the sea, international environmental law and international criminal law;
¤ The ability to follow and understand current world events through the prism of international law.
Assessment methods
Written exam.
Other methods as detailed by the lecturer in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.
K. Jaak Roosaare
Study literature
Damrosch, Lori F. Et al., International Law – Cases and Materials, Fourth Edition. West Group: St. Paul, Minn. USA (2001) -- The specific number of pages will total approximately 960 pages. Certain chapters and parts of chapters of the main text will be omitted.

Higgins, Rosalyn. Problems & Process – International Law and How We Use It. Clarendon Press: Oxford (1994)

Statute of the International Court of Justice

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982)