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The Law & Practice of International Organizations - Practicum


NB Students who will start the LL.M. PIL programme in February 2016 should contact the programme coordinator, Ms. Leons ( to receive further information about the course schedule and preparatory readings. An information meeting for new PIL students will be scheduled in the first week of February 2016

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in Law.


International organisations play an important role in today’s international society. In this course the most important elements of the law of international organisations will be examined, including rules on membership, institutional structure, decision-making and decisions, financing and legal personality. The course will discuss the practice of a number of international organizations, such as the United Nations (primary focus) and the European Union

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with a number of fundamentals of international institutional law – that is the body of rules governing the legal status, structure and functioning of international organizations.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Knowledge: After successfully completing this course, the student has a thorough knowledge of and insight into the existing legal framework, the fundaments and the system of the law and practice of international organizations. The student has a profound knowledge of the specific rules and regulations that were studied during the course and of the interrelationship between those rules. Moreover, the student is well aware of the political and social context in which these rules are applied.

Academic skills and attitude: After successfully completing this course, students can interpret and critically analyse the relevant sources and literature, draft legal memos, discuss legal issues under time pressure with fellow students and present and defend solutions before a student audience.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 9 (1 per week)

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. dr. Niels M. Blokker; guest lecturers to be announced

  • Required preparation by students: Studying of the prescribed materials

Working groups

  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 6 (1 per week)

  • Names of instructors: Dr. Robert W. Heinsch and Dr. Erik V. Koppe

  • Required preparation by students: Studying of the prescribed materials in order to be able to work on ad hoc assignments in class within the framework of groups.

Other methods of instruction

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Exam (70% of the final grade); students must have attended 80% of the working groups in order to able to sit for the exam.

  • Three papers of 1,000 words each (the average paper grade will count for 30% of the final grade); the paper grades will also count in case of a resit of the exam. The paper grades will no longer count in case the student fails to pass this course and needs to retake the course the following year.

Submission procedures
The papers must be submitted online and in hardcopy at the times in the Course Outline and on Blackboard. More specific information will be provided in the Course Outline and on Blackboard.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


  • H.G. Schermers & N.M. Blokker, International Institutional Law, Martinus Nijhoff, 5th revised edition (2011).

Course information guide: Course outline as posted on Blackboard.


Recommended course materials
To be announced on Blackboard.


Registration for seminars and exams through uSis. Also register on Blackboard for extra course information.

Contact information


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: Public International Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, Office B1.21

  • Opening hours: 9.00-17.00 hrs

  • Telephone number secretariat: 071-527 7578

  • E-mail:



Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.