This course combines two distinct branches of public international law: treaty law and the law on state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts. This academic year they will be taught in reverse order.
The first part of the course will therefor cover the doctrine of state responsibility, including the analysis of the ILC-developed Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts as well as discussing concepts such as internationally wrongful act, attribution of the wrongful conduct, wrongfulness, etc.
The second part of the course will familiarize participants with the main concepts and elements of treaties covered in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and explore how these play out in practice. This part of the course will also touch on other instruments, unilateral and multilateral, such as MOU’s that are not legally binding but can be equally important in dealmaking between states.