Public International Law

Degree Program: Social Administration (4th semester – compulsory)

Teaching: 3 hours weekly – ECTS: 5

Course Tutor: Vassileios Grammatikas, Assistant Professor

Ι. Brief Description of the course

This course is a general introduction to international law. It comprises all basic issues of public international law, including law of the sea and the regulation of the use of force, and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the subject as the basis for further study, but also as an important addition to the political science background of students.

The diagram that follows is designed for students without any previous knowledge of international law.

ΙΙ. Diagram

  1. Nature and function of international law
  2. Subjects of international law
  3. Sources of international law
    1. International custom
    2. Treaties
    3. Secondary sources
  4. The relation of domestic and international law
  5. Law of Treaties

(a) Conclusion of treaties

(b) Effects of treaties

(c) Treaty interpretation

(d) Entry into force – termination of treaties

(e) Reservations

(f) Rebus sic stantibus – necessity

  1. Statehood

(a) general issues

(b) recognition of states

(c) territorial sovereignty

(d) Succession of states

  1. State responsibility
  2. Law of the Sea (Territorial sea, bays, islands, innocent passage, international straits, high seas, continental shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone, seabed beyond national jurisdiction, marine pollution).
  3. Use of force in modern international law