Introduction to International Law-making - NOTE: THE COURSE IS CANCELLED IN THE AUTUMN SEMESTER 2018

Course content

This course aims to provide bachelor students from law with a theoretical and practical understanding of how international law is made. This course complements and builds on some bachelor courses, such as International Law, and serves as a basis for other courses offered in the master level.

In a world where international law undergoes constant specialization and fragmentation, this course provides crucial tools for law students to understand elements of global governance and the myriad of international law-making. The course will introduce the student to the actors, processes and instruments involved in the making of international law, including a formal and an informal law-making perspective.


The course is divided into three parts:
The first part of the course is an introduction to international law-making, reviewing principal contemporary theories and relevant concepts

2. The second part of the course focuses on inter-state international law-making and international law-making beyond the state, where connections to international organizations and international institutional law are analysed.

3. The third part of the course explores law-making at four international key selected areas, namely: Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Ocean Governance.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, students:

1. Will understand how international law is made, in terms of the actors, processes and instruments involved
2. Will acquire knowledge and will be able to analyse law-making in specific selected legal regimes and areas
3. Will be able to discuss and critically reflect upon international law-making both at the theory and the practical level.
4. Will communicate and formulate their knowledge in international law-making and elaborate their arguments

To ensure that the learning objectives of the course are achieved a number of activities will be carried out along the course. The clases will be very participatory aiming to a high level of student engagement in class. Critical thinking will be encouraged through ad-hoc questions and activities, case analisis, role playing and group discussion exercises.

Required readings cover approximately 400 pages.

A selection of book chapters and articles will be compiled for the course.

Among others, the course literature is extracted from Boyle A. and Chinkin C. The Making of International Law (2017), Brölmann C. and Radi Y., Theory and Practice of International Law-making (2016), Rivoja R. And Petman J. Eds. Internationational Law-making (2014).

Intellectual curiosity and the aility to think in an interdisciplinary way.

Students must have a good command of English.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students will get continuous feedback from the lecturer/s on their lerning process, mainly through feedback on the planned learning activities, individually and collectively. When possible, feeback from other students will be encouraged and facilitated. The final feedback will be provided at the exam.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
Oral exam without preparation, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 171,25
  • English
  • 206,25