Studying Law at Roma Tre

Academic Year 2019-2020

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Fall Semester (October 1 - December 20, 2019)


Advanced International Law: Moot Court Competition 2019

Prof. Mirko Sossai with Prof. Alice Riccardi

7 CFUs - ECTS, Wednesday, 14:15-16:00 and Thursday, 8:30–12:00

Office hours: Thursday, 14:00-15:30, room 1.10.A, via ostiense 139

Course description:
This course offers students the opportunity to work on complex and cutting-edge questions of international law through preparation for, and participation in, a distinguished international law moot competition. In the process, students will develop and refine advanced legal research and advocacy skills. The moot competitions will usually include the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the pre-eminent global mooting competition in international law. Students will be expected to attend sessions on research methodology, and then to undertake intensive research in international law, prepare written submissions and develop oral submissions which are then refined through mooting practice.
Course Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- undertake international legal research
- analyse and synthesise international legal information and materials
- apply international law to complex issues, and critique the law from a practical perspective, either individually or as part of a team
- prepare appropriate and practical written and oral arguments for a specialist legal audience
- reflect on their abilities to effectively undertake legal work as a member of a team.

Course Learning Activities
The course is taught through regular meetings in which students are encouraged to give presentations on specific topics. The required oral presentations will provide an opportunity for students to test their understanding of their work completed in preparing their group Memorials, and to refine their skills of oral advocacy. In addition to attending formal classes students will do substantial independent work to prepare for classes and to complete the course assignments.
Assessment tools
Student evaluation will be based on class work, class participation, and the written memorials.

Attendance policy
Class attendance is compulsory

Supporting / Recommended course reading material
  • James Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (Oxford University Press, 8th ed, 2012).
  • Malcolm N Shaw, International Law (Cambridge University Press, 6th ed, 2008).
  • Robert Jennings and Arthur Watts (eds), Oppenheim’s International Law (Longman, 9th ed, 1992).
  • Antonio Cassese, International Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2005).



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