Public International Law

5 ECTS / Semestral / Inglês

Learning Outcomes

The main goal of the course is to enable students to acquire basic knowledge of public international law. Because international law is an autonomous legal order, its study involves the acquisition of fundamental concepts necessary for further depth study in this area. Furthermore, the study of this curricular unit enables the amplification of interests and challenges, some taken by more traditional paradigms. First the notion of state, then the law itself. This means, first of all, to understand the historical context of the emergence and development of international law, and their specific conceptual frameworks.


Part I – Fundamental Concepts

  1. The Notion of International Law;
  2.  International society and international community;
  3. Evolution of international society and international law.

Part II – International Law Subjects

  1. Legal personality and international law;
  2. States as primary subjects of international law;
  3. Recognition of States;
  4.  Recognition of Governments;
  5. Insurgency and belligerency;
  6. International Organizations as subjects of international law, the United Nations in special;
  7. Individuals, subjects of international law?

Part III – Formal sources of international law

  1. Introduction;
  2. International Treaties;
  3. Costumary international law;
  4. Other sources of international law.


Professor(a) Associado(a)
Licenciado em Direito pela Escola de Direito do Porto da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, em 1984. Diplôme de l'Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes…
Professor(a) Auxiliar
Licenciada em Direito pela Escola de Direito do Porto da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, em 2004. Mestre em Direito pela Escola de Direito de Lisboa…
Assistente Convidado(a)
Docente de Direito Internacional e Direito Internacional Criminal. Diretor-Geral de Política de Defesa Nacional de 2012 a 2020. Jurista na…