International Law Program

Program Title

International Law

Final Qualification

Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)

Projected Study Time

4 years

ECTS Points

240 ECTS

Language of Study


Mode of Study

Full Time (Face to face)

The International Law program at Rauf Denktas University is a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree. The language of instruction for this program is English. The program has been designed with the international employability of the graduates in mind. The students will be equipped with all necessary theoretical and professional traits needed to launch a successful career in International Law. The program also equips students with the knowledge and the skill set needed for graduates to carry out research in the field of International Law.
The International Law degree program at Rauf Denktas University aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and the required skill set for students to enter the job market immediately after graduation. The International Law program at Rauf Denktas University has been designed in a way that students gain both the theoretical and the practical knowledge needed to carry out their tasks in the above mentioned professional capacity. The program covers the core knowledge base of the field during the first four semesters and builds on that core in subsequent semesters to provide an in depth understanding of all major branches of the discipline.

The International Law program aspires to provide quality education as well as conducting quality research in the field of International Law. In line with this aspiration, the program has a vision to be placed among the most reputable law programs in the region. The program prioritizes the international employability of its graduates and has therefore been designed in line with consultations with domestic and international stakeholders (including academics, students, and employers).

It is expected that the following learning outcomes should be fulfilled upon graduation from the International Law program:

1. Identify and effectively use the sources of International Law in research and in practice.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of substantive and procedural international law in research and practice.
3. Demonstrate a general knowledge of legal and non-legal skills including basic legal information, information technology, English, Turkish.
4. Make legally valid arguments in relation to international legal issues.
5. Compose logically coherent and theoretically valid papers on International Law.
6. Apply international law in the context of simulations and internships in law firms, NGOs, IGOs, and foreign ministries.
7. Basic knowledge and understanding of ethical issues and socially responsible behaviours.
8. Develop critical thinking skills and show a high level of teamwork capability.
9. Develop effective oral and written communication skills.
Those who graduate from the International Law program are expected to be able to take up positions in law firms and arbitration centers as legal practitioners, advisors and arbiters. They may also be hired by private corporations as permanent legal staff responsible for drafting contracts and supervising their implementation. The program prepares the students to take over various positions in international, regional, and non-governmental organizations as well.
International Law Curriculum

INTL 101 Introduction to Law (3-1-3-6)

Law and Morality; Roman Law; Common Law; Jus Commune; Codification and Interpretation; Legal Families; National and Transnational Laws; Sources of Law (sources of origin, sources of validity, legislations, treaties, case law, customary law, legal doctrine and reason); Basic Concepts of Law; The Law of Contract; Property Law; Tort Law; Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; The Law of the European Union; International Law; Human Rights; Elements of Procedural Law; Philosophy of Law.

INTL 103 Introduction to International Relations (3-0-3-6)

Globalization and International Relations; Introduction to International Relations Theories; Introduction to Foreign Policy Decision Making; Introduction to International Law and International Organizations; Introduction to International Political Economy; Introduction to Security studies; Morality in International Relations; A brief history of the 20th century; Debating Global Politics.

INTL 105 Constitutional Law (3-1-3-6)

Understanding the constitution; the citizen and the constitution; the citizen and the legislature; the citizen and the executive; the citizen and the judicial control of the abuse of power; the citizen and the State; allocating constitutional powers in a federal State; protecting property rights and avoiding arbitrary action; the constitution and the freedom of religion; the constitution and the freedom of speech; the constitution and the freedom of expression.

ITEC 101 Information Technology (3-0-3-6)

Introduction to Word; Document presentation; Document productivity; Desktop publishing and graphic design; Creating and formatting a table; Time saving tools; Document automation; Introduction to PowerPoint; Presentation development; Presentation design; Collaboration and distribution; Running and navigating a custom slide show; Designating and displaying hidden slides; Introduction to Excel; Managing worksheets; Formulas and functions; Financial functions; Datasets and tables.

ENGL 101 Academic English I (3-0-3-6)

Development of writing and speaking skills; Improvement of Reading skills; English language structures; Lexis; Improvement of Report Connecting critical thinking with language skills; Incorporating technologies to improve English learning; Introduction to model reporting; Finding and searching information sources; References; Proposal and outline; Introduction and report layout; Oral presentation input; Abstract and conclusion.

TURK 101 TURKISH I (2-0-0-0)

Turkish alphabet; Phonetic structure of Turkish language; Plural suffix; Negative and interrogative sentences; Adjectives; Vocabulary and pronunciation; Numbers; Verbs in present simple and continuous tenses; Verb “to be”; Adjectives; Reading; Writing; Speaking; Locative cases; Listening exercises; exercises in pronunciation; Case endings; conversational exercises; Oral presentation.

INTL 102 Introduction to Public International Law (3-1-3-6)

The history of International Law; World Actors; The Sources of International Law; The Efficacy of International Law; Jurisdiction in International Law; Diplomacy and International Law; Arms Control in International Law; Law to Constrain Force; International Crimes; Human Rights; International Environmental Law; International Economic Law; Current Issues in International Law.

INTL 104 The Law of Treaties (3-0-3-6)

Treaties in international relations; conceptualization of treaties; conclusion of treaties; reservations; the issue of validity; the implication of treaties for third states; interpretation of treaties; implementation of treaties; conflict and conflict resolution mechanisms in treaties; modification of treaties; termination of treaties; treaties and customary international law.

INTL 106 Human Rights Law (3-0-3-6)

The history and evolution of human rights; sources and principles; entitlement and universality; state obligations and individual obligations; international protection mechanisms; human rights and foreign policy; the United Nations and Human Rights; international crimes; legitimate restriction on freedom; food, education, health, housing and work.

INTL 108 The Law of Contracts (3-0-3-6)

Determining the applicable law; contract formation (agreement, intention, consideration and estoppel, writing, contents); capacity; mistake; misrepresentation and non-disclosure; privity; unconscionability; illegality; duress; undue influence; discharge of a contract for breach; compensatory damages; specific remedies; non-compensatory remedies; the contract enforceability; breach of the contract; the contract and third-party interests.

ENGL 102 Academic English II (3-0-3-6)

Academic English II course has the following course content: Writing an opinion paragraph; Practice and production; Vocabulary learning; Identifying text types; Cohesion and instructional texts; Meaning behind the words; Organizing a coherent paragraph; Recognizing definitions in context; Matching main points of paragraphs; How to prepare an outline; How to write a thesis statement; Writing a proposal; Choosing a report topic; Finding sources; Skimming, scanning and note‐taking; Matching genres to tasks;

INTL 201 Criminology and Criminal Justice (3-0-3-6)

The evolution of criminology; the enlightenment and early traditions; early sociological thinking about crime; criminological theory, methodology and measurement in criminology; gendering the criminal; crime and politics; crime and welfare; victimization and victimology; social change and criminological thinking; crime and property; organizational and professional forms of crime; controlling crime; crime, punishment and justice.

INTL 203 International Criminal Law (3-0-3-6)

International crimes and universal jurisdiction; State sovereignty and international criminal law; substantive law of international crimes; the International Criminal Court; criminalizing culture, identification of groups in genocide cases; processes and procedures of international prosecutions; prosecuting corporations for international crimes; justice and international criminal prosecutions; the relation between international and national systems.

INTL 205 International Humanitarian Law (3-0-3-6)

Rules of war; Sources of the law of armed conflicts; the language of the law of armed conflict; codes; conventions; declarations and regulations; the consequences of World Wars for the law of armed conflicts; the law of armed conflict and the International Humanitarian Law; individuals and battlefield status; defining war crimes; orders and obedience; command responsibility; gas, biological and chemical weapons treaties.

INTL 207 English for Lawyers (3-0-3-6)

The legal profession (working in law, areas of law); the language of banking (working in a bank, loans, the language of contract); the language of contract law (the elements of a contract, reading contract law); the language of employment law (employment contracts, working in employment law); the language of the law of tort, understanding contracts; the language of business law; modern letter writing; the language of company law; understanding contracts.

INTL209 Administrative Law (3-0-3-6)

The scope, nature, and purpose of administrative law; the history and development of administrative law; administrative tribunals, the nature and characteristics of administrative powers, the sources of administrative powers, judicial review of administrative decisions, ultra vires, natural justice, private law remedies; public law remedies; judicial remedies, remedies of maladministration

INTL 202 International Organizations and Tribunals (3-0-3-6)

History of International Organizations, classifications, institutional law and its sources, legal personality of international organizations, membership and representation, non-judicial organs of international organizations, acts of non-judicial organs and their legal effects, the doctrine of ultra vires, judicial organs, employment relations, privileges and immunities, financing, responsibility, liability of member states in relation to third parties, amendment of constitutions, dissolution and succession, the settlement of disputes

INTL 204 Alternative Methods of Conflict Resolution (3-0-3-6)

Understanding conflict resolution, armed conflicts and peace agreements, approaching conflict resolution, analyzing conflict resolution, resolution of inter-state conflicts, resolution of conflicts in civil wars, resolution of conflicts related to state formation, complexities in conflict resolution, the role of the United Nations in conflict resolution


INTL206 International Economic Law (3-0-3-6)

The history of International Economic Law, barriers to trade, early GATT, intellectual property rights and their effect on trade, free trade in investments, the rules of international trade and national environmental laws, the problem of trade in agriculture, escape clauses and the power of self-protection, international trade and its effects on the developing world, dispute settlement mechanisms in international trade

INTL208 Research Methods (3-0-3-6)

Finding a research question; learning proper citation notes; finding the scholarly debate; summarizing and classifying arguments; writing the literature review, the thesis, model and hypothesis; revising and editing the text (the writing-thinking spiral); the research design; evaluating the argument; the conclusion, introduction and the title.

INTL 210 Business for Lawyers (3-0-3-6)

Introduction to legal practice; the establishment and structure of a law firm; basic accounting for lawyers; presenting a law firm to a clientele; an introduction to attorney-client privileges; an introduction to daily routines in a law firm; attorney-client relations; pricing and billing; flat-rate vs. hourly billing; contemporary time keeping.

INTL 301 The European Union Law (3-0-3-6)

The history of European integration; the treaty of Lisbon; the expanding membership of the European Union; competences of the EU; the institutional framework of the European Union; legislative procedures; sources of law; the question of liability; the customs union; citizenship and free movement of individuals; intellectual property laws.

INTL 303 Private International Law (3-0-3-6)

The nature and function of private international law; the relationship between public and private international law; jurisdiction; the choice of law; the bases of conflict of laws; renvoi; proof of foreign law; recognition and enforcement of judgements; recognition of foreign judgements; domicile and residence; jurisdiction and foreign judgments.

INTL 305 International Labor Law (3-0-3-6)

The origins of labor laws; the sources of the law; the emergence of a new work paradigm; labor law and the informal economy; security of employment; global trade and labor law from the WTO to the ILO; The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; labor related provisions in multilateral and bilateral trade agreements; Human rights and non-specific workers’ rights.

INTL 302 International Environmental Law (3-0-3-6)

The historical evolution of International Environmental Law; Globalization and the environment; regulation of natural resources; national commons; global commons; enclosure of global commons and global welfare; compliance and governance mechanisms; marine environment; water resources; fisheries resources; biodiversity; air pollution; trade and environment; hazardous and radioactive waste; liability and state responsibility.

INTL 304 The Law of the Sea (3-0-3-6)

The evolution of the law of the sea; marine spaces in the law of the sea; sources of the international law of the sea; the codification of the law of the sea; the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; post-UNCLOS development; baselines and related issues; territorial sovereignty (internal waters, territorial sea, international straits, archipelagic waters, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone, continental shelf); marine spaces beyond national jurisdiction; maritime delimitation; conservation of marine living resources.

INTL 306 Intellectual Property Law (3-0-3-6)

The evolution of the intellectual property legal regime; the changing landscape of international intellectual property; TRIPS and FTAs; the Most-Favored Nation treatment and intellectual property rights; copyright; patents; utility models; confidential information; trademarks; industrial design; geographical indications; international intellectual property rights and development.

INTL 401 Current Issues in International Law (3-0-3-6)

Contemporary issues related to the environment, trade, information technology, legal education (subject to change in time)



INTL 403 International Commercial Arbitration (3-0-3-6)

An introduction to international commercial arbitration; defining characteristics of international commercial arbitration; advantages of arbitration; the arbitration agreement; drafting the arbitration agreement; applicable rules and laws; judicial assistance for arbitration; the tribunal; the arbitral proceedings; the award; enforcement of the award; investment arbitration.

INTL 405 International Energy Law (3-0-3-6)

Regulation of international energy; energy resources; the resources of the deep seabed; energy activities under international law; international policy and regulatory bodies; energy activities within the United Nations; International Law and State Sovereignty; Trade, Competition, and the Environment; International Law on Oil and Gas; International Regulation of the Nuclear Industry; case studies.

INTL 402 Immigration and Asylum Law (3-0-3-6)

Current issues related to global migration, access to social protection for migrants, migration and integration from the perspective of human rights, the admission of refugees, the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees, the 1967 protocol relating to the status of refugees, deportation and expulsion, the right to leave any country including one’s own, the right to legal assistance and representation

INTL 404 Air and Space Law (3-0-3-6)

Air law, air pollution; air transport agreements; aircrafts and airports; airspace over national territories; airspace over maritime areas; sources of space law; space objects: control, registration, return, and liability; the air/space boundary question; radio and the international telecommunication union; global navigation satellite systems; space activities and international trade law; the military use of outer space.

INTL 406 Gender, Sexuality and the Law (3-0-3-6)

The evolving concept of gender (from ‘Sex’ to ‘Gender’: the Origins and Paths of Theorization); gender separatism; the socio-legal construct of masculinity; feminism and its detractors; reconstructing images of gender in theory; remaking gender in practice; from theory to law; basic legal documents; identity and equality in socially constructed gender roles.

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