Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 203 International Law and Diplomacy Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 127

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Haris Hasić, Expert Haris Hasić, LLM Haris Hasić, Expert
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International law, broadly speaking is a coherent and diverse set of legal rules governing international relations between various subjects of international law regarding a wide array of issues. The course summarily examines the basic principles, tenants, institutes and concepts of international law and diplomacy as it relates to international law.

The primary goal of the course is to familiarize students with international law and its constituent elements so as to enable them to use basic international law framework and concepts to further their studies of international relations, diplomacy and other aspects of study. The aim is to enable students to research, analyze, and competently work on international law problems needed in their future careers. Special attention is given to sensitizing students to international law aspects of current events and in particular to the issue of global warming.

  1. Introduction, Is there such a thing as \"International law\"? What is Diplomacy?
  2. Defining international law, history and theory
  3. Sources of international law
  4. States, governments and other subjects of international law
  5. Jursidiction
  6. Treaties
  7. Acquisition of territory
  8. The law of the sea
  9. Human rights
  10. Economic international law
  11. Peaceful settlement of disputes between states
  12. Ius ad bellum
  13. Ius in bello
  14. The charter and the organs of the United Nations
  15. Global warming as an international law issue

  1. Introdcution
  2. Definition of international law
  3. International law and municipal law
  4. International organizations, individuals, companies and groups as subjects of international law
  5. Immunity from jurisdiction
  6. Treaties

  1. State sucession
  2. Air space and outer space
  3. Human rights in the EU
  4. Environment
  5. State responsibility
  6. International court of justice
  7. Ius ad bellum
  8. Ius in bello
  9. United Nations

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Use of educational films
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Problem solving15
Midterm Exam(s)20
Term Paper15
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Be familiar with the basic principles, tenants, institutes and concepts of international law and diplomacy.
  • Be sensitive to international law considerations in international relations.
  • Be proficient in basic international law terms and concepts and able to use them in further research and study.
  • Be able to understand international law implications of relevant policies and decisions
  • Be able to make independent conclusions and decisions on topics related to international law and diplomacy
  • Peter Malanczuk, Akehursts Modern Introduction to International Law, Seventh Revised Edition, Routledge, London, 1998.
  • Course handouts as determined by the instructor

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11818
Preparation for Final Examination13030
Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
Seminar / Presentation11515
Total Workload: 127
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5