Course Title：International Law for Sustainable Societies
|Teacher||Marcel M.T.A. BRUS|
|Venue||Room 318 Comprehensive Building, West Campus|
This lectured course is intended for students interested in international affairs with no or limited knowledge of international law. It will introduce the basics of public international law and explain how international law assists in addressing societal challenges like poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, migration and conflict. Taking the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals as a starting point, the course will explore what role there is for international law to realize these ambitious objectives. The main objective of the course is to show the students the importance and dynamic development of international law in the 21st century. It will start with a general introduction of the basics of international law and the law of international organizations, followed by thematic sessions on core issues (environmental degradation and climate change; economic development; peace and security, migration, human rights). The method of teaching will be interactive lecturing; students will be asked to actively participate in the lectures by responding to questions, small assignments for group discussions, and sharing their ideas. The assessment will be in the form of a combination of multiple choice and essay questions. The course is grounded on existing bachelor courses for students in law and in international relations at Groningen University.