Formation of Global Norms and International Regimes
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusvaheliste normide ja režiimide loomine
Course title in English
Formation of Global Norms and International Regimes
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Tiina Pajuste (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The goal of the course is to give an overview of the formation of international norms and regimes and to analyze the relationship between regimes and international law.
Brief description of the course
The course is made up of both lectures and seminars. Different theories of norm formation will be studied in the course. The role of states and international organisations will be of particular interest. Different regimes and problems that are associated with regimes will be highlighted.
Independent work
The student must write a research paper. The paper and seminar participation will make up the final grade (30% seminar participation, 70% paper). Students must be prepared for seminar participation by reading specific reading assignments and ready to answer the seminar questions.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completion of the course the student will:
Have knowledge of the ways norms are formed;
Knows how to formulate questions pertaining to the function of international regimes and practical and theoretical answers to those questions;
Is able to analyze problems related to international norms;
Has knowledge to explain and articulate relevant topics.
Assessment methods
Seminar participation and discussion, home work and research paper
Tiina Pajuste
Study literature
• Bruno Simma and Dirk Pulkowski, “Of Planets and the Universe: Self-contained Regimes in International Law“, 17 EJIL 483 (2006)
• Bruno Simma, “Universality of International Law from the Perspective of a Practitioner“, 20 EJIL 265 (2009)
• Nicolas A.J. Croquet, “The European Court of Human Rights’ Norm-creation and Norm-limiting Processes: Resolving a Normative Tension“, 17 Columbia Journal of European Law 307 (2010-2011)
• Niels Petersen, “Customary Law without Custom? Rules, Principles, and the Role of State Practice in International Norm Creation“, 23 Am. U. Int’l L. Rev. 275 (2008)
• Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink, “International Norm Dynamics and Political Change“, 52 International Organization 887 (1998)
Replacement literature
• Olufemi Elias, “The Nature of the Subjective Element in Customary International Law“ 44 ICLQ 501 (1995)
• Ulf Linderfalk, “The Effect of Jus Cogens Norms: Whoever Opened Pandora’s Box, Did You Ever Think About the Consequences?“, 18 EJIL 853 (2007)
• Martti Koskenniemi, “The Fate of Public International Law: Between Technique and Politics“, 18 EJIL 853 (2007)