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Sistema Jurídico Internacional / International Legal System


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester, Second semester

Elective Courses

English, Spanish



This course aims at equipping students with the tools to understand and critically appraise today’s international society and the international legal norms that regulate relations at the global level. The aim is for students to become familiar withthe foundations of the international legal system, including the key features of the international legal regime, the subjects of international law, as well as the procedures for creating international norms, their application and enforcement.

In addition, the course examines the international regulation of specific topical matters in today’s globalized world. In particular, the legal instruments and international institutions that govern the promotion and protection of human rights, international migration, and the protection of refugees. No previous legal background is necessary and an interdisciplinary approach will be followed. Delivery will take the form of interactive seminars, whereby students are expected to have prepared the ‘compulsory readings’ indicated in the syllabus and any pre-session tasks as set by the course instructors, coming prepared to participate in in-class discussions, activities, and debates.


The total scores of each component of the assessment portfolio of the course are:

  • 10% Attendance and in-class participation
  • 20 % Preparation of essay outlines on the selected topic of international law
  • 30% Oral presentation in class of the selected topic of international law (15 min)
  • 40% Written assignment: Essay on the selected topic of international law (2,500 words, without references)

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)


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