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A Perfect General IL Course and the Creative Commons

Source: Routledge

Source: Routledge

Today and tomorrow I elaborate on the General International Law Course for the Tallinn University students. My course bases on 5 books:

● Malanczuk, Peter. Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law. 8th Edition. Routledge (The 7th Edition until the 8th appears in 2010.)

Brownlie, Ian. Principles of Public International Law. Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2003

Anghie, Anthony. Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law. Cambridge University Press, 2005

Guzman, Andrew T. How International Law Works. Oxford University Press, 2008

● Kiviorg, Merilin; Land, Kristi; Miil, Kärt; Vallikivi, Hannes jt. Rahvusvaheline õigus. Loengukonspekt. Tallinn, 2002

Was I proud and self-conscious … until I examined the Prof. Benedict Kingsbury’s syllabus (with references to literature) of the International Law Course at the New York University School of Law at 

The structure of that course:

Unit 1: Introduction to International Law

Unit 2: International Courts and Tribunals

Unit 3: Customary International Law and the Law of the Sea

Unit 4: Treaties in International Law (With Extended Treatment of Human Rights Treaties)

Unit 5: National Courts and International Law: National Jurisdiction

Unit 6: Immunity and Act of State in National Courts

Unit 7: Use of Force

Well, I would call it standard-setting. Though advanced. For the sake of development of students and science, such standard-settings and their availability are extremely important !

Although I consider the referred syllabus and sources professional, as an independent researcher, I am expected to critically analyse those. But when I read the Creative Commons I understand that I am free to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work, but under the following conditions – I must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor … and I may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. I cannot understand the „[M]ay not alter, transform, or build upon this work“. May it mean that if I wish to partially use that work, I must get permission from the copyright holder?

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