Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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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

At the end of the course, the student:
[1. Knowledge and ability to understand]
- will know and understand general principles and rules governing the establishment and functioning of international organisations;
- will know and understand principles and general rules governing relations between international organisations and other entities of the international community;
- will be able to identify and interpret the main trends in the phenomenon of the international organisation.
[2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding].
- will be able to correctly frame the legal questions posed by concrete situations relating to the phenomenon of the international organisation, whether they are hypothetical or drawn from history or current events.
[3. Autonomy of judgement]
- will be able to make critical assessments of the role of international organisations in international society.
[4. Communication skills]
- will be able to clearly express his/her considerations, selecting the relevant information according to its importance.
- will be able to formulate legal arguments with appropriate language and reasoning skills.
[5. Ability to learn].
- will be able to autonomously deepen the study of specific topics of the subject.


Mastery of the fundamental institutions of international law


Introduction to the phenomenon of institutionalised cooperation: birth, historical evolution, theoretical framework: 1.1. notion of international organisation; 1.2. models for interpreting the phenomenon of international organization; 1.3. origin of the phenomenon of international organisation; 1.4. historical evolution of the phenomenon of international organisation;
2. The characteristics of the constituent act and its amendments; 2.1. hard organisations; 2.2. soft organisations; 2.3. evolution of the international organisation: amendments and revisions of the constituent act.
3. The structure and functioning of the international organisation: 3.1. competences of the international organisation; 3.2. membership; 3.3. other ways of participating in the international organisation; 3.4. the institutional structure; 3.5. the normative acts of the international organisation; 3.6. the decision-making process; 3.7. the immunities and privileges of the international organisation and its officials; 3.8. the financing of international organisations; 3.9. the settlement of disputes as a structural element of the international organisation;
4. The external relations of international organisations: 4.1. relations between the international organisation and other subjects of international law; 4.2. international legal personality
5. The relationship between the law of the international organization and the domestic law

1.Introduction to the phenomenon of institutionalized cooperation: birth, historical evolution, theoretical framework (6 h);
2. Features of the normative act establishing the organization and its amendments (6 h);
3. Structure and functioning of the international organization (24 h);
4. External relations of international organizations (9 h);
5. Relationship between the law of the international organization and the domestic law;

Teaching Methods

The course will be articulated in frontal Lessons and, possibly, in seminars delving into topics linked to current events


P. Pennetta, S. Cafaro, A. Di Stasi, I. Ingravallo, G. Martino, C. Novi, Diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali, CEDAM/Wolters Kluwer, 2018.

Learning assessment

The learning test will consist of an oral interview, lasting approximately 30 minutes, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and understanding of the main trends that characterize the institutional and operational aspects of international organizations. The minimum score will be achieved if the student demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental characteristics of the phenomenon of international organizations. The maximum score will be achieved if the student can provide concrete examples drawn from the practice of international organizations.

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