International law (advanced) (2020/2021)

Course code
4S01094
Name of lecturer
Maria Caterina Baruffi
Coordinator
Maria Caterina Baruffi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
1° periodo di lezioni dal Sep 28, 2020 al Dec 14, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is intended to provide students with the legal tools and methodologies necessary to analyse the international mechanisms of protection of human rights, established both in the UN framework and at European level, implementing a practice-oriented approach and selecting thematic areas of study. Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to understand the functioning of the international mechanisms of protection, also under a procedural perspective, and to deepen the study of specific rights referring to the relevant supranational case law.

Syllabus

The following topics will be covered:

GENERAL OVERVIEW
• human rights: definition and scope;
• the international protection of human rights (United Nations; main conventional instruments; mechanisms of monitoring and control; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment);
• the regional protection of human rights (the European Convention of Human Rights and the complaints before the Strasbourg Court; the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union).

SELECTED TOPICS
• environment and human rights: right to a healthy environment, right to the conservation and protection of the environment, business, sustainability and human rights, right to environmental information;
• freedom of expression: freedom of expression and hate speech, academic freedom;
• migration flows throughout Europe and their impact on international protection of human rights, with particular regard to vulnerable groups, such as migrant children (both accompanied and non-accompanied). The course, therefore, falls within the activities of the Department of Law as Chair of the UNCRC Policy Center.

TEACHING METHODS

Classes are taught in Italian and will take place online. For online lessons, please access the e-learning platform "Moodle" to find the respective Zoom link, where also the link to Panopto cloud with all recordings is available.

The course envisages lectures aimed at defining and illustrating basic notions, the analysis of case law and subsequent discussion on relevant issues. In addition, thematic workshops will be organised in collaboration with the personnel of the European Documentation Centre with the aim of deepening specific rights and vulnerable groups. Moreover, some seminars will be held jointly with experts who will provide their professional expertise on selected aspects of the subject matter.
The examined case-law, the main international instruments and the study materials will be available on the e-learning platform "Moodle".

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
D.L. Shelton Advanced Introduction to International Human Rights Law Edward Elgar 2014 978-1-78254-523-1 Only for Erasmus students who choose to take the exam in English. They are required to study the following pages: 27-120; 156-253.
C. Zanghì, L. Panella La protezione internazionale dei diritti dell’uomo (Edizione 4) Giappichelli 2019 978-8-892-11963-5 A tutti gli Studenti è richiesto lo studio del manuale indicato limitatamente alle pagine 1-35; 74-141. | All Students are required to prepare the exam on this textbook (only pages 1-35; 74-141), except for the Erasmus Students taking the exam in English.
V. Zagrebelsky, R. Chenal, L. Tomasi Manuale dei diritti fondamentali in Europa (Edizione 2) Il Mulino 2019 978-88-15-27884-5 A tutti gli Studenti è richiesto lo studio del manuale indicato limitatamente alle pagine 41-190; 345-363; 385-392; 413-508. | All Students are required to prepare the exam on this textbook (only pages 41-190; 345-363; 385-392; 413-508), except for the Erasmus Students taking the exam in English.
J.F. Geoffrey The European Convention of Human Rights Oxford University Press 2017 978-0-19-876774-9 Only for Erasmus Students who choose to take the exam in English. They are required to study only Part 1 of the textbook.
I. Viarengo, M. Franchi Tutela internazionale dei diritti umani. Casi e materiali Giappichelli 2017 9788892105324 A tutti gli Studenti è consigliato questo testo per reperire le versioni ufficiali delle principali convenzioni trattate nel programma. | All Students can find in this Book (in Italian) the main legal instruments referred to in the programme.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning outcomes requires an oral examination, for both Italian and Erasmus students. The examination is aimed to verify:
- their level of knowledge acquired and the availability of linking different topics;
- their command of the use of legal sources and comparison of protection systems;
- language and terminology skills;
- analytical capacity and arguing ability.
More information on the oral test will be provided in due course.