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10.12.2019 at 12:00 - 3.3.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 10.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Thu 12.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Tue 17.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Thu 19.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Thu 26.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 27.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 31.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Thu 2.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 7.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 8.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Thu 16.4.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Thu 7.5.2020
16:15 - 17:45


The materials include
1) Syllabus of the Course
2) Background reading "Expanding Histories of International Law"


This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.

Registration onto this course is open to all students from the Bachelor of Laws programme and the Finnish Master of Laws programme, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.

Apply for a right to complete minor sub­ject stud­ies or for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.

International law.

Knowledge of the history of international law.

End of course examination: Thursday 16th of April, 16-18

Re-sit examination: Thursday 7th of May, 16-18

This is a critical history of the role of legal thought in international politics from the late middle ages to the present. Its focus will be on the relationship between "sovereignty" and "property". This course will argue that understanding the uses of law as an instrument of international power will require examining how (public) state power interacts with the power of "private" property. The course begins with an examination of dominium iurisdictionis and dominium proprietatis in 13th Century French legal and theological debates, and then proceeds to discuss Spanish ands Dutch colonialism, the government of the Holy Roman Empire and the forms of British colonial law in theory and practice. Especial attention is given to the role of colonial companies in goiverning non-European territory. The course will discuss the 19th century interventions to protect private property in China and Latin America as well as the system of mixed arbitral tribunals. In the 20th century, the course will concentrate on the professionalization of public international law and the use of diplomacy and coercion to consolidate Western economic predominance (e.g. through concession contracts and investment arbitration). The course will suggest that the separation of private and public law in legal training has come to obscure the tight relationship the two have had and continue to have in the practice of legal justification of international power.

The link to the Moodle-page on the "courses.helsinki.fi" -address has now been fixed.

Exam/essay that requires following the lectures and reading the course materials.