International Institutions


The course aims to give the student: 

  • Students are expected to acquire not only a precise knowledge of the main international institutions, its structure and functioning but also the circumstances and constraints influencing the pursuit of their objectives. 
  • The understanding of the theories that explains its development.
  • An understanding of the specialized literature. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Bruno Miguel Correia Rocha


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Margaret P. Karns and Karen A. Mingst, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2004.). 
Clive Archer, International Organizations, 3e ed., (London: Routledge, 2001). 
David Baldwin, Neorealism and neoliberalism: The contemporary debate, (NewYork: Columbia University Press, 1994).
John Baylis and Steve Smith, The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Teaching method

The course will be taught in twenty three classes of two hours taking place in the first semester. The classes will be structured in the following way: one hour of exposition by the professor followed, from class 4 onwards, by a group presentation by the students on the topic of the class.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

The historical context of the genesis of the international institutions.
The main theories on the international institutions.
Global Institutions: an introduction.
The system of the United Nations: the functioning of its main organs.
The system of the United Nations II. The human rights regime and the humanitarian interventions.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
The World Trade Organization.
The International Criminal Court.
Regional Institutions: na introduction.
The European Union: genesis and structure.
The European Union: development and adaptation.
The European Union: policies and explanatory theories.
The European Union after the Cold War: enlargements, institutional reforms and CFSP.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: genesis, structure and adaptation.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: functions and decline.
The Xangai Cooperation Organization.
Comparative analysis of the genesis and structure of International Institutions.


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