International Law - 2nd semester


Provide students with the tools to recognize:
a) the major sources of international law and their content.
b) international law subjects;
c) rules that apply to international spaces;
d) rules applicable to international responsibility;
e) international mechanisms of resolution of conflicts.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francisco Pereira Coutinho (FD/UNL)


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Brito, Wladimir, Direito Internacional Público, Coimbra Editora, 2014
Brownlie, Ian, Princípios de Direito Internacional Público, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, 1997
Silva Cunha, Joaquim e Maria da Assunção do Vale Pereira, Direito Internacional Público, 2ª Edição, Almedina, Coimbra, 2004
Cassese, Antonio, International Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004
Gonçalves Pereira, André e Quadros, Fausto, Manual de Direito Internacional Público, 3ª ed., Almedina, Coimbra, 2005
Almeida Ribeiro, Manuel de, Pereira Coutinho, Francisco e Cabrita, Isabel (coord.), Enciclopédia de Direito Internacional Público, Almedina, Coimbra, 2011
Miranda, Jorge, Direito Internacional Público, 5ª Edição, Principia, Lisboa, 2012
Machado, Jónatas, Direito Internacional – do paradigma clássico ao pós-11 de setembro, 4ª ed., Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, 2013
Bacelar Gouveia, Jorge, Manual de Direito Internacional, 5ª ed., Almedina, Coimbra, 2017
Duarte, Maria Luísa, DIP, Coimbra Ed., 2014

Teaching method

1 – Doctrinal lessons where the teacher present the syllabus. In these lessons the students are invited to participate by asking questions and making comments.
2- Individual presentations by students. In these sessions, the teacher will guide the students in oral presentations, in simulations of hearings of the ICJ and in the resolution of cases.

Evaluation method

i) Moot court (written and oral pleadings). Grade obtained in the moot court may be improved in the written exam.
ii) Written exam. Optional written essays and oral presentations are given a maximum of 10% bonus in the final grade.

Subject matter

I - Origin, nature and functions of international law
II - Sources of international law
III - The law of the treaties
IV - International law and domestic law
V - Subjects of international law
VI - International spaces
VII - International responsibility
VIII - International conflicts resolution
IX - The use of force


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