International Law (IL) and International Relations (IR) have long been considered separate academic enterprises, with their own theoretical orientations and methodologies. However, international lawyers and international relations scholars share overlapping research interests and scholarly agendas. In fact, practitioners in both fields pursued common interests in making, interpreting, and enforcing international law in international relations. This course, therefore, focuses on the relationship between IL and IR as well as their interconnectedness. Although they constitute distinct academic disciplines, the objects of their interest can hardly be analyzed in isolation from each other. 

In this context, the course is designed to explore several international issues, from humanitarian intervention to international dispute resolution to NGOs' participation in global governance. Specific emphasis is given to the use of force and the 21st-century developments, the rights of the individual (human rights, refugee law), the rules of international transactions (law of diplomacy), conflict and disputes (the International Court of Justice), and the law of (sharing) natural resources (sea).