International law

Major: International Relations
Code of subject: 6.291.01.O.018
Credits: 5.00
Department: International Information
Lecturer: Andriy Hachkevych, PhD in Law, Associate Professor
Semester: 3 семестр
Mode of study: денна
Learning outcomes: • to demonstrate knowledge of basic notions and concepts relating to international relations, social communications and regional studies; • to demonstrate knowledge of modern state, consistent patterns and main trends of international relations development on regional and global levels; • to demonstrate knowledge of the concept of international law as special legal system, features of which are reflected in its sources, list of subjects and character of responsibility; • to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of international law, in which rights and obligations of states in mutual relations are embodied; • to demonstrate knwoledge of the influence of international law on state policy and interstate relations under the circumstances of globalization; • to demonstrate the ability to ground and explain relevant processes in the sphere of international relations and foreign policy; • to demonstrate the ability to reveal general trends of international relations with the usage of information technologies and predict the development of events on the international arena; • to demonstrate the ability to conduct methodologically correct researches of facts and processes on the international arena integrating knowledge from different spheres of the society; • to demonstrate the ability to analyze whether or not acts of the subjects of international law are internationally rightful.
Required prior and related subjects: co-requisites: • Bachelor’s Thesis Preparation.
Summary of the subject: Introduction to international law. The concept of state sovereignty and the development of international law. Approaches to the understanding of international law nature. International law as a legal system and its interrelation with other social factors. Branches of international law. International treaties and international customs as main sources of international law. The concept of international relations lawfulness and the reasons for double standards. Authorities, structure and achievements of the United Nations in the 20th and 21st centuries. The notion of fundamental principles of international law as the criteria of state acts legitimacy. Territorial integrity, political independence and inviolability of state borders in international law. International disputes and the role of International Court of Justice in their settlement. International human rights law. States as main subjects of international law: problems of recognition and legal succession. The struggle for statehood and the existence of territories with undefined international legal status. The mechanism of legal responsibility and the characteristics of international legal responsibility. The importance of international law in the 21st century.
Assessment methods and criteria: • formative assessment: oral questioning, written questioning, individual home assignments preparation (45%); • summative assessment: examination in written and oral form (55%).
Recommended books: 1. Baimuratov M.O. Mizhnarodne publichne pravo. - X.: Odissei, 2008. 2. Lukashuk I.I. Mezhdunarodnoe pravo. Obshchaia chast: Uchebnyk. – M.: Izdatelstvo BEK, 1996. 3. Mizhnarodne pravo: Osnovni haluzi: Pidruchnyk / Za red. V.H. Butkevycha. – K.: Lybid, 2004. 4. Mizhnarodne publichne pravo : pidruchnyk / za red. V. M. Repetskoho. — 2-he vyd., ster. — K.: Znannia, 2012. 5. Shaw M.N. International Law. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.