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Social sciences and humanities



Course year 2
Teaching units Unit Diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali
Law (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: IUS/13 CFU: 6
Teachers: Andrea CARCANO
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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The course aims to provide students with theoretical, practical and methodological knowledge on the topic of the law of international organizations with particular emphasis on the law and practice of the United Nations.

Thought of as an opportunity to supplement the analysis of topics mentioned in the international law courses offered in the law faculty, the course focuses on the law and practice of the United Nations. It focuses on the work of the United Nations concerning the topics of international peace and security, the international judicial function, the action for development, and economic and social cooperation.

The course purports to develop the ability to examine in a critical manner norms and international jurisprudence. It also aims to develop one's ability to synthesize and discuss complex legal arguments and facts.

From a practical perspective, the course is tailored for students interested in working with the United Nations and other international organisations and in the diplomatic career.

It also provides an opportunity of reflections on international law topics for students interested in undertaking a thesis in international law and or continue the studies in the field of international law after graduation.

Admission requirements


Course contents

The United Nations Charter: brief history and legal value in contemporary international law – Problems concerning membership – Principal Organs of the United Nations: membership, functions and practice– Limits to the United Nations - International peace and security – Peacekeeping Operations - Economic and social cooperation and action for development.

Teaching methods

The exam must be prepared on the textbook for the course (Le Nazioni Unite - B.Conforti/C.Focarelli, dodicesima edizione, 2020). Notes from classes do not replace the study of the textbook.Notes from classes are an instrument for understanding the book. For the preparation of the exam, it is required to study only the book. The lectures will be held in presence unless otherwise comunicated. The lectures will be delivered on Tuesdays between 15:45 and 19:00. N.B. The course will be delivered in presence unless it will become impossible to do so due the COVID 19 pandemic. Students will be kept appraised in a timely manner of any development in this regard.

Assessment methods

The questions of the exam will be based on pages 1-432 of the textbook. The exam will be in oral form with the instructor of the course. As a general rule, the exam consists of 3 questions and lasts 10-20 minutes. A student will be positively evaluated when he or she (i) demonstrates a non-superficial knowledge of the topics and norms discussed in the textbook and (ii) is able to speak with care demonstrating to have acquired a good knowledge of the relevant technical-juridical terminology. A student will be very positively evaluated when he or she (i) demonstrates an outstanding knowledge of the topics and norms discussed in the textbook; (ii) speaks with care and confidence, demonstrating to have acquired an outstanding knowledge of the relevant technical-juridical terminology; and (iii) develops cogent reasoning on the norms and topics discussed in the textbook and also during the classes (the latter is only for students attending the classes-frequentanti).

Learning outcomes

(I) Knowledge
The student shall demonstrate to have acquired a good knowledge of the topics dealt with in the reference textbook.
(ii) Independent judgment
The student must be able to evaluate, analyze and re-elaborate independently and critically, on the basis of his / her own knowledge and ideas, the topics addressed and the problems that emerge.
(iii) Communication skills
The student must be able to express the acquired knowledge in a conscious and clear way, arguing his opinions in this regard in an articulated and critical way, even in contexts of dialogic argumentation.
(iv) Learning skills
The student must be able to assimilate and re-elaborate independently the information transmitted and the concepts illustrated and discussed during the course activities.


Il testo adottato per il corso e per l'esame è: Benedetto Conforti, Carlo Focarelli, Le Nazioni Unite, dodicesima edizione, Wolters Kluwer Cedam, 2020. Il testo (copertina flessibile) e' acquistabile su o in librerie italiane.

Le pagine da studiare per l'esame sono pp. 1-432.