2023-2024 / DROI1332-1

Public international law - Seminar


24h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in law (120 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 


Franklin Dehousse

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is a seminar-based course, during which students will be invited to address some specific issues of public international law through oral presentations. Consequently, the course will allow the students to deepen their knowledge of Public International Law. The topics will be determined according to the current international events and may involve various legal issues: maritime law, the law of diplomatic relations or the international economic law.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the course is the in-deptht study of some public international law issues. The students will be encouraged to actively participate during the lessons. It is precisely his ability to react during the class and to be able to give small lectures about public international law topics that will be evaluated and encouraged.
Therefore, the aim of the course is to provide students with the tools that will allow them to understand the importance of the international aspect of current legal relations through the study of real issues.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No prerequisite is required for students who are regularly enrolled in a Master in Law. The student must nevertheless have a certain knowledge of public international law and its fundamental principles.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Teaching is given in the form of 2 hours-seminars which take place every three or four weeks. During each seminar, a research focused on a specific aspect of a more global issue must be conducted by to students. The research schedule will take into account the amount of research to do. The results of the research will then be presented orally in front of the professor, as well as the other students, during a subsequent seminar. Oral presentations will therefore be followed by a discussion involving the whole class.

Recommended or required readings

The use of the following reference books is especially recommended: either International Law, (4th ed. ), edited by Malcolm Evans ( Oxford University Press, 2014, 952 pages ), or International Law ( 7th ed . ) by Malcolm N. Shaw ( Cambridge University Press, 2014, pages 1063 ).

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

The students will be assessed based on their global work, including their participation during the class discussions (representing 50% of the final grade). In addition, the students will have to write a five page essay, in English, about a topic chosen by the student (with the Professor's agreement). The dissertation will then be defended during an oral examination and will represent 50% of the final grade.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

This course is only scheduled on even-numbered years (2020-2021; 2022-2023; etc.). It takes place during the second semester.


Franklin DEHOUSSE - Extraordinary professor : F.Dehousse@uliege.be Manon WUINE - assistant : manon.wuine@uliege.be

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