Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of 5-year Single Cycle Master's Degree Programme on LAW
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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to provide students with:

1. knowledge of normative soures of international legal order, their interaction with domestic norms, as well as the content of norms regulating inter-state relations;
2. ability to interpret international standards and jurisprudence and to assess their effect on the internal system;
3) ability to autonomously analyse and critically assess current problems concerning the international legal order,;
4) ability to argue orally in depth the problems inherent in the international legal order and to communicate with specialist interlocutors;
4) ability to judge autonomously the soundness and correctness of information relating to aspects of international law disseminated by press, mass media and national institutions.


In order to understand the lessons and to achieve the educational objectives of the course, the student must have acquired knowledge and skills relating to: a) the analysis of a legal system; b) the analysis of functions of institutions and relations between them; b) the analysis of the hierarchy of sources; d) the system of judicial protection.


1. The international Community and its subjects: 1.1.definition of international law; 1.2. State as subject of international law; 1.3.Other subjects of international law;
2.The formation of international norms: 2.1.customary norms; 2.2.jus cogens; 2.3.norms of secondary law; 2.4. treaties; 2.5.hierarchy among sources of international law;
3. The Content of international norms: 3.1.principle of sovereignty and State immunity; 3.2.treatment of foreign individuals; 3.3.treatment of diplomatic agents; 3.4.the law of the sea;
4.Application of international norms within the domestic legal order; 4.1.incorporation of customary norms; 4.2.incorportation of treaties; 4.3.incorporation of EU Law;
5. The violation of international norms and its consequences: 5.2.internationally wrongful acts; 5.2. consequences of internationally wrongful acts; 5.3. UN Securoty system;
6. Ascertainment of international norms within the International Community: 6.1.arbitration and ICJ; 6.2.regional and sectoral courts; 6.3.diplomatic disputes settlement methods

1. International Community and its subjects (6 hours);

2. Formation of international norms (21 hours);

3. Content of international norms (24 hours);

4. Application of international norms within the domestic law system (6 hours);

5. Violation of international norms and its consequences (9 hours);

6. Ascertainment of international norms within the International Community (6 hours)

Teaching Methods

Frontal Lessons, seminars


Benedetto Conforti (a cura di M. Iovane), Diritto internazionale, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2018 (XI ed.)

Students who have to reach 12 credits will have to study following books:
Benedetto Conforti (a cura di M. Iovane), Diritto internazionale, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2018 (XI ed.)
Emilio Pagano, Diritto internazionale privato, Editoriale Scientifica, 2012, IV ed., fino a p.153

Learning assessment

1. Number of the exam phases: 1
2. Exam objectives: the exam aims at assess knowledges and skills reached by the student, particularly his/her ability to analyze and critically discuss the effects of international norms within the domestic legal order;
3. Exam methodology: oral exam
4. Timing: based on the Department exam calendar
5. Duration: 30 min
6. Typology: conversation
Final Exam evaluation: the student will gain the minimum score when he/she will prove to have achieved expected results according to the Dublin Descriptors.

More information

Preparatory courses: Institutions of Public Law