International and European Security Law


Students are expected to:

a) Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the globally coordinated responses to security threats through international and regional organisations, states and non-state actors.

b) Enhance the ability to better identify the evolution of key challenges, critically analyse their interlinked nature, and assess the effectiveness of current policy responses.


c) Understand the institutional and legal framework of the internal and external policies of the European Union in relation to security matters.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Laura Iñigo Alvarez


Weekly - 3

Total - 36

Teaching language



It is recommended to have some previous knowledge on introductory notions and concepts from Public International Law, in particular, in relation to armed conflicts and the use of force. 


BURGESS, P. (ed.) The Routledge handbook of new security studies. Abingdon: Routledge, 2010.


CALVELTY & BALZCQ, Routledge handbook of security studies. 2nd ed. London: Routledge. 2018.


CONDE, YANEVA, & SCOPELLITI (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of European Security Law and Policy, Routledge 2019.


KAUNERT, C.& LÉONARD, S. (eds.), Developing European internal security policy: after the Stockholm Summit and the Lisbon Treaty, London: Routledge. 2012


KAUNERT, European internal security: towards supranational governance in the area of freedom, security and justice, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.


KIRCHNER, Emil and SPERLING, James, EU security governance, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007.


TRYBUS & WHITE, European Security Law, Oxford: Oxford Scholarship online, 2007.


WHITE, N. & HENDERSON; C. (eds.) Research Handbook on International Conflict and Security Law: Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello and Jus post Bellum, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.


WILLIAMS, P., & MCDONALD, M. Security studies: an introduction. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2018.

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies will include: lectures, debates and a range of online resources. In particular, classes will follow the model of seminars.

Evaluation method

The assessment for this course is based on an individual essay analysing one of the topics studied in class or alternatively a final exam. Details on when and how the essay will be carried out will be brought out in the presentation class. 

Subject matter

Part I


1.- Theoretical approaches to security: from national security to human security

2.- Collective security and pacific settlement of disputes

3.- Main security actors: UN, NATO, EU and OSCE

4.- Peacekeeping missions and operations: international and European perspectives

5.- Peacebuilding and post-conflict mechanisms


Part II


6.- Terrorism and organized crime in the context of global insecurity

7.- Weapons and arms control

8.- Migration and security

9. - Climate change and security

10. - Global Governance in the 21st century