Advanced Courses

The Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice is a research centre and is, as such, not directly involved in education. However, SCILJ is a part of the law department of Stockholm University, and members of SCILJ direct and teach at the courses offered by the department. In addition to the basic course in public international law, which is a part of the law programme, the department also offers sic advanced courses in international law:

Advanced Course in Public International Law

The Advanced Course in Public International Law aims to provide advanced knowledge of core issues and fundamental principles of public international law and to familiarise students with recent trends. In this course the foundations of public international law are studied initially, such as its subjects, sources of law, relationship between national and international law, state responsibility, along with jurisdiction and immunity. The course also includes an introduction to and indepth studies of some of the different specialised regulations/topics of public international law such as maritime law, prohibition on the use of force, humanitarian law, the foundations of human rights and peacekeeping operations.

Human Rights in a Global Perspective
The course Human Rights in a Global Perspective covers important concepts, norms and norm compliance structures in the field of human rights. Several basic concepts are presented in the course, such as substantive rights or the various existing mechanisms for the protection human rights. Human rights are also be discussed from philosophical, historical, critical and practical perspectives.  The course draws special attention to the problem of establishing human rights legislation on the basis of existing sources of law.Read more »

International Criminal Law
The course International Criminal Law focuses on national and international features of states criminal jurisdiction. The course includes the development of international criminal law, core concepts (i.e. international crimes, grave breaches of international humanitarian law, individual criminal responsibility, state responsibility for violations of international law) and criminal proceedings at international courts (the International Criminal Court – ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – ICTY), hybrid (national and international) courts (Sierra Leone, Cambodia) and national courts (Iraq, Belgium). The course is on an advanced level compared to similar elements in the previous mandatory course of the law program, and students will to a greater extent find and evaluate legal sources as well as scholarly debate.

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International Law and the Global Economy

The purpose of the course International Law and the Global Economy is to give the students an understanding of the legal principles and mechanisms governing international economic law (IEcL), with an emphasis on trade law, investment law and financing. law. In the course, international economic law is also treated from an economic and political perspective and is set in the context of other areas of law, such as environmental law and human rights. The course begins with a short recap of public international law.

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Business and Human Rights
The course Business and Human Rights aims to give an overview and understanding of the new emerging regulations that regulate businesses and human rights in a globalized world. The course aims to give an overview and understanding of the new emerging regulations that regulate businesses and human rights in a globalized world, and give students the ability to make practical analyses of concrete situations based on theoretical understanding. The course is based on public international law and
covers international legally binding rules within the area, the emergence of non-binding instruments (soft law), governmental and private initiatives as well as business practices. A part of the course will also cover relevant national regulations in tort law, environmental law, insurance law, procedural law and contract law; special emphasis in this section of the course will be on corporate law. During parts of the course students will have the opportunity to focus on Swedish law or another country’s legal framework.

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Rule of Law, Legal Reform and International Organisations
The course deals with the importance of law and legal institutions to economic development and good governance, to peace and security and to reconciliation and democratization. Special attention is given to the concept of rule of law and to the role of the EU and other international and non-governmental organizations for the promotion of the rule of law and for combating corruption. Specific issues addressed are access to justice, crisis management in post-conflict situations, reform projects, etc.

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A number of other courses are also offered in English. Please consult the law department’s website for more information »