Changing Patterns of Governance: The Evolution of the State (8 ECTS)

This module introduces you to one of the most prevalent actors in international relations: the nation-state. For decades, the state has been the major actor on the global stage.

Andreas von Staden
Prof. Andreas von Staden

Instructor: Prof. Andreas von Staden

This module introduces you to one of the most prevalent actors in international relations: the nation-state. For decades, the state has been the major actor on the global stage; more recently, its power has been eclipsed by non-state actors such as civil society activists, social movements, transnational networks, multinational corporations and others.

This module familiarizes you with the history of the nation-state and discusses today's challenges to statehood. In addition, it debates the tools of the nation-state for policy making on the global stage: the principles of international law. You will discuss relevant fields subject to international law such as states and statehood, sovereignty and intervention, means of dispute settlements, human rights law, and international criminal law.

Finally, it discusses intersections of International Relations and International Law and locates mutual fields of interests between the two disciplines.

Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: Introduction

Unit 01: What is International Law

Part II: Subjects of International Law

Unit 02: States and Statehood
Unit 03: Non-State Actors: Individuals and International Organizations

Part III: Sources of International Law

Unit 04: Treaties

Unit 05: Customary Law, General Principles of Law, and Soft Law

Part IV: State Responsibility and Dispute Settlement

Unit 06: Dispute Settlement

Part V: Selected Topics

Unit 07: International Economic Law: Trade & Investment
Unit 08: Human Rights
Unit 09: International Criminal Law
Unit 10: The Use of Force in International Law
Unit 11: International Law and International Relations