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International Law (2023-2024)

Study Cycle: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Faculty: Law
Programme Code: N-PhDLAWIL180C
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Doctor of Legal Sciences / Module: International Law
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

The International Law study program aims to provide a range of modules that will form the basis of information and advanced knowledge on International Law matters for the purpose of training students to basic legal professions related to this field by providing solid knowledge, the specific and systematic institutes and concepts of International Law and on the situation and their prospects in the region and world.

The Diploma of the study program will enable PhD students to conduct scientific research work in the field of International Law sciences, as well as teaching at universities in the country and abroad, and also will be actively involved in the process of strengthening the resources of government activities in terms of the country's Euro-Atlantic integration process.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Has solid knowledge of the disciplines that conceive of international law including the Law of the international organizations, human rights, international public law, international private law, international criminal law, international economic law and international relations;
  • Has depth knowledge of advanced techniques and methods of research in the field of international law.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Interprets in a critical way the theories of international law and relevant cases from practice;
  • Applies theoretical knowledge in practical situations that arise in the field of international law as the protection of human rights, diplomacy, disputes and Collision of laws including the negotiations and mediation;
  • Synthesize knowledge gained and apply them in specific circumstances;
Making judgement
  • Performs more critical thinking through methods of analyzing and comparing.
  • Develops skills of solving problems through case-law practices of more complex national and international cases.
Communication skills
  • Utilizes proper terminology for complex and specific issues in the area of International Law sciences.
  • Is involved in research based legal argumentation and debate.
  • Utilizes the official languages of the University as well as more advanced computer skills in the research work.
Learning skills
  • Develops a regulation of research to be used in their profession.
  • Creates a practice of lifelong learning and service through being involved in training persons that work in the state institutions of crime prevention.

Semester 1

  • [DLAW0101] [10 ECTS] Research Methodology
    This course is designed for students who are preparing to carry out a doctoral thesis project. The main objective of the course is to offer students tools conceptualising their thesis regarding research issue and the creation of data collection methods and qualitative analysis. The course is focused on problems of the quantitative methods and techniques, such as statistical analysis, texts related to theory and testing hypotheses. Then, the meaning and topics of descriptive and causal inferenceare of a great importance, longitudinal comparative research and case study. Advanced information data collection will be offered for working with text. The goal is to analyze the quality of data and incorporate all theoretical and practical performances in the function of designing and writing of the thesis.
  • [DIL0102] [10 ECTS] International Public Law - depth program
    By the end of the program, students will gain knowledge and understanding of all segments of international law such as: human rights, international organizations, the United Nations and their bodies, the functioning of the institutions of international law and its creation, diplomatic law, international criminal law, humanitarian law, essential rules relevant to key areas of international law, theoretical perspectives and academic debates that substantially emphasize legal areas, key aspects, policy issues and principles related to the ratification of certain international conventions in the member states. The student will be able to successfully apply the knowledge gained in international law in the many situations in which relevant practical or theoretical problems are considered. The student will be able to assess the problems according to their context, relevance and significance and to link the relevant information and key sources offered through electronic or other means. The student will be able to assess problems and find solutions related to the implementation of international law in the states, to formulate arguments for the main problems and controversial areas and to present rational thinking based on relevant materials. The student will be able to identify potential alternative arguments and conflicting evidence in their own opinion and present them. The student will be able to demonstrate open-mindedness and the ability to offer a critical challenge after gaining knowledge of individual problems. The student will be able to give a constructive reflection of scientific progress.
  • [E2775] [10 ECTS] International Law for Environmental Protection
    The main objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the main features and development of Environmental Law in an international perspective. The relevant specific objective is to ensure an understanding of the interrelationship between international and European regulation. By the end of the course, students should have knowledge of: •International governance through a multilateral environmental environment contracts, including compliance and enforcement; •Complexity around environmental principles; •The value and shortcomings of current human rights arrangements for environmental protection, including procedural rights in relation to government environmental decision-making; •Regulation of greenhouse gases at international and EU level.
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EDIL0102] International Humanitarian Law
    • [EDIL0104] International Organizations
    • [E2781] International Law of Human Rights
    • [EDCR105] International Criminal Law

Semester 2

  • [DIL0103] [10 ECTS] International Private Law - depth program
    The aim of this course is to teach students how to identify the foreign element in a private law relation and to train them how to apply legal methods to resolving them. The aim of the course is to cover a wide range of legal sources at national, European and international level and to analyze them according to their corresponding hierarchy. Another aim of this course is to teach students with the basic methods, principles and institutes of private international law; to emphasize the specifics of each part of private law where the foreign element may appear (status, family, real, inheritance, contracts, torts and labor relations). The aim of this course is also to guide students with the legal principles for settling private law relations that have a foreign element, through contentious and noncontentious procedure, as well as arbitration and conciliation.
  • [C2369] [10 ECTS] EU Law
    The main goal of the course European Union Law - Applied Program is to acquaint students with the acqui communautaire, on the one hand, as well as the procedural part in creating, adopting and implementing the same law, on the other hand. More specifically, students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the legal system of the European Union as well as with the law that that system generates in relation to the union itself, the member states and their citizens. At the same time, students will be introduced to the sources of this specific first, its types, as well as the work of the Union institutions. Particular attention will be paid to the procedural part in the adoption of new legislation as well as the work of the European Court of Justice as a court and a body that indirectly created law through its judgments.
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EDIL0102] International Humanitarian Law
    • [EDIL0104] International Organizations
    • [E2781] International Law of Human Rights
    • [EDCR105] International Criminal Law

Semester 3/4

  • [DIL0104] [10 ECTS] Review and Approval of the Doctoral Dissertation Plan
    After the second semester, the student begins his/her activities for the development of the plan on his/her doctoral dissertation. Activities include the definition of literature, defining hypothetical framework, the definition of the work methodology and determination of the individual plan as well as the first public presentation. If necessary, can be held elective courses for this purpose.
  • [C2378] [30 ECTS] Scientific Research Work
    In the second year (semester 3 and 4) the candidate continues with research activity by approved individual plan. Mentor provides assessment on these activities in the form of a report to the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty.

  • [PHD-S3-S4-03] [15 ECTS] Publications I
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.
  • [C2019] [5 ECTS] Student Mobility
    The aim of PhD students’ mobility is to request candidates to present, exchange and discuss their research work with their colleagues from other European countries for improving the quality of their dissertation.

Semester 5

  • [DIL0105] [20 ECTS] Presentation of Research Results
    At the end of the 5th semester, after the research activities under the individual plan, overall results of this phase of the paper and the research will be presented publicly by the candidate.
  • [PHD-S5-01] [10 ECTS] Publications II
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.

Semester 6

  • [IL-PhD-THESIS] [30 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation
    Continuing the work of doctoral dissertation. Submitted thesis (dissertation), accepted by the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty and submitted to committee members and begin the procedure of public defence.