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Course module: 620279-B-6
GLB: Public International Law
Course info
Course module620279-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: Europ. and International Public Law; European and International Public Law;
Is part of
B Global Law
Contact personprof. dr. N.M. Rajkovic
prof. dr. N.M. Rajkovic
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Coordinator course
prof. dr. N.M. Rajkovic
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Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1/  SM 2
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019

This is an advanced course in Public International Law for third year Global Law bachelors’ that builds off the literacy obtained on International and European Law in their first year course. If you have no foundation course in International Law then you should use the Klabbers textbook listed below to supplement your readings. As such, this course focuses on how the increasingly transnational movement of persons, goods, capital and risk is transforming the historical monopolies the state has enjoyed under the tradition inter-state system. Each week students will examine a different layer of that transformative process to generate a comprehensive overview of how the state-centered framework of traditional IL now represents simply one system of rules within an expanding universe of legal practices and rule making. The core aim of this course is to provide Masters-quality training where students obtain advanced research skills through exposure to cutting-edge politico-legal issues and institutional developments. In sum, students will obtain advanced knowledge and research skills that prepare them for the graduate level or policy-making research in the public or private sectors. Students that have successfully completed this course shall:

  • Identify, be familiar with, and know how to readily access leading journals in both the disciplines of International Law and International Relations.
  • Have proficiency to read and harvest key knowledge from leading journal articles with efficiency and depth of understanding.
  • Have competence to work in a team to produce and deliver a clear and engaging 15-minute executive briefing on a cutting-edge problem or issue of international law.
  • Have proficiency to readily produce a short position paper that provides a concise and critical overview of cutting-edge problems or issues of international law.
  • Be able to identify and scrutinize the different types of (state and non-state) actors, norms and processes at work in restructuring the international rule of law.
  • Appreciate the possibilities and limitations of international law in international problems.
  • Be able to predict the relevance or otherwise of international law to particular problems.
  • Be able to formulate arguments and counter-arguments in international law directed towards particular outcomes.
  • Be able to critically evaluate the role of international law in particular problems.
  • Be aware of the arguments about the Eurocentric nature of international law.
  • Be able to evaluate the relationship between international law and social and economic reality.


Exchange students please contact the Exchange coordinator, Nicolas Bohórquez Cortés for more information on how to enrol for this course.

International Law (IL) is consumed by crisis from both within and without. As a discipline and profession, IL is grappling to (re)define its identity and purposes in light of how the legal institution can no longer be equated solely with the traditional nation-states system. IL, today, is increasingly spoken of with reference to ‘networks’ as opposed to ‘nations’, and more nuanced shades of legal personality appear manifest as illustrated by a bricolage of states, aspiring states, international organizations, international courts/tribunals, non-state actors, transnational corporations, arbitrators, nongovernmental organizations and ‘terrorists’. What once appeared to be a consolidated discipline with a common vocabulary has now transformed into a dense web of specialized, overlapping and sometimes competing ‘legal’ prescriptions: e.g. international human rights, global administrative law and international investment. Looking outward, IL must also confront its greatest challenge of social relevance in face of the ‘global’, as opposed to simply ‘international’, scales of political, economic and social life. The complexity of interconnections in contemporary legal practice that have emerged now prompt questions over once constitutive axioms for international legal thought and ordering: i.e., public versus private, international versus domestic and ‘hard’ versus ‘soft’ law. In sum, this course takes the view that law does not stand apart and simply mediate world affairs; law is in fact a constitutive element of the defined problems of our time. Thus, the aim will be to examine how international law, whether explicitly or implicitly, is involved in structuring inequalities of international power and welfare. In this way, the course focuses on the institutional and normative aspects of an emergent global legal system.

Type of instructions

Lectures and seminars

Type of exams

Assignment, Take Home exam and presentation

Compulsory Reading
  1. James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi eds., The Cambridge Companion to International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  2. The Cambridge Companion to International Law., Oxford University Press, 2015.

Recommended Reading
  1. Jan Klabbers, International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Students in need of general knowledge on International Law are recommended to obtain this work
Timetable information
620279-B-6|GLB: Public International Law
Required materials
Title:The Cambridge Companion to International Law
Author:James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi
Publisher:Cambridge University Press 2012
Recommended materials
Title:International Law
Author:Jan Klabbers
Publisher:Cambridge University Press 2017
Take-home exam




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