Theory and History of International Law

ldrin2001  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Theory and History of International Law
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h
Radi Yannick;
Main themes
From the perspective of legal theory and legal history, this course aims at unravelling and analyzing the dynamics that have shaped and are currently at play in international law. In light of their knowledge of the primary and secondary rules of international law, students get the opportunity to understand how political, and more generally, societal factors influence the features and content of international law. By the same token, this course shows how the international law epistemic community and the theories that it produces impact on this field. Equipped with this theoretical and historical toolbox, students are able to critically reflect upon the essence, function and evolution of international law.
The course focuses on specific themes that are analyzed from both a theoretical and historical perspectives. Each session is devoted to one theme; it disentangles and analyzes the various factors of a societal, political and epistemic nature, that are relevant for the theme under study. Among other themes, the course offers an insight into 'sovereignty', 'the making of international law', 'responsibility in international law', or 'the private international law / public international law divide'.
Teaching methods
Interactive classes.
To prepare each class, students are required to read the assigned materials.
Evaluation methods
Oral or written exam.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Law

Master [120] in Law (shift schedule)

Advanced Master in European Law

Advanced Master in International Law