European and International Institutions

Teaching Staff: Katsios Stavros
Course Code: YE-0700
Gram-Web Code: ΔΙ06800
Course Category: General Background
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: Any Winter
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Available (in English)
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Short Description:

The course covers all the basic institutions of European and global governance and is structured into two modules: the first is the presentation and analysis of the historical evolution, the role and function of the European institutions, and the second one in the presentation and analysis of the historical evolution, role and the functioning of the international institutions.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

With the completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Familiarize themselves with the institutions of international and European organization

  • Deepen in the principles and the aims of the institutions and bodies of the European and

    international organizations.

  • Understand the role of institutions in the European and international system

  • Understand fully the jurisdiction of the institutional bodies and the European and

    international way of decision making and the crisis-resolution mechanisms

  • Use the knowledge acquired to carry out basic research and to be able to deliver a written

    presentation of the research and its results.


Week 1: Introduction to the international organization: Historical overview, characteristics of international organizations, international legal personality of international organizations

Week 2: The Historical Route of European Unification: The international and European environment after the end of the Second World War. The European idea and the European movements, the Schuman Declaration and the establishment of the ECSC, the EEC and the EAEC The main events of the period 1960-1990. The establishment of the EU and the reforms of the Treaties. Enlargements. Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 3: The nature, legal personality and values and objectives of the EU, competences and actions of the Union and the Member States. Institutional assembly. The institutions of the European Union (including the institutional framework of CFSP and EMU).
Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 4: Commission
Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 5: The European Council
Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 6: The Council of the Union - Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) - The EU Presidency
Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 7: The Court of Justice of the European Union Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 8: The EU legal order. Community decision-making and institutional changes with the Treaty of Lisbon
Indicative sources for study: in the e-class course

Week 9: The Council of Europe: Establishment, Goals, Principles, Members: Acquisition and Loss of Membership, Institutions. The European Convention on Human Rights and the International Judicial Protection Mechanism.

Week 10: UN system: UN bodies: The General Assembly, the Security Council.
Week 11: UN system: UN bodies: The General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court

of Justice, the Secretariat, the Economic and Social Council

Week 12: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Establishment, aims, principles, defensive doctrine and transformation, political and military alliance bodies, areas of responsibility and organization of allied administration

Week 13: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): history, evolution from the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, CSCE and OSCE, aims, principles, members, areas of action, human dimension, High Commissioner for minorities, conflict prevention

Suggested Bibliography:

International Organizations General

  • -  Παρούλα Νάσκου-Περράκη, Το Δίκαιο των Διεθνών Οργανισμών, Η θεσμική Διάσταση, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 2010

  • -  Αντ. Μπρεδήμας, Διεθνείς Οργανισμοί, Γενική θεωρία, τεύχος I, Εισαγωγή στο φαινόμενο των Διεθνών Οργανισμών, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 1983,

  • -  Αντ. Μπρεδήμας, Διεθνείς Οργανισμοί, Γενική Θεωρία, τεύχος ΙΙ, Συγκριτική Θεσμική Ανάλυση, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 1988

  • -  Αντ. Μπρεδήμας, Διεθνείς Οργανισμοί – Νομικό Πλαίσιο – Δομή – Λειτουργία, τόμος Β’, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 1989

  • -  Phillip Sands & Pierre Klein, Bowett’s Law of International Institutions, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2001 (5th edition)

  • -  Θ. Χριστοδουλίδης, Δομή και Λειτουργία των Διεθνών Οργανισμών, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 1988

European Union

  • -  Μαραβέγιας Ν. (επιμ) (2016) Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Δημιουργία, εξέλιξη, προοπτικές, Κριτική, Αθήνα

  • -  Nugent, N. (2012), Πολιτική και Διακυβέρνηση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, Ιστορία, Θεσμοί, Πολιτικές, Αθήνα Σαββάλας.

    • -  Hix, Simon (2009), Το πολιτικό σύστημα τα Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, επιμέλεια Επ. Μαριάς, Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα

    • -  Στεφάνου, Κ., Μ. Τσινισιζέλη, Αρ. Φατούρου, Θ. Χριστοδουλίδη, (2006),Εισαγωγή τα Ευρωπαϊκές Σπουδές, τ. Α ́, Ενοποιητική Δυναμική, Δικαιοταξία-Διακυβέρνηση, Εκδόσεις Ι. Σιδέρης, Αθήνα

    • -  Μαραβέγιας, Ν. &Τσινισιζέλης Μ. (2007), Νέα Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Οργάνωση και Πολιτικές, 50 χρόνια, Εκδόσεις Θεμέλιο, Αθήνα.

    • -  Μούσης, Ν. (2013) Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση: Δίκαιο, Οικονομία, Πολιτική, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης



    • -  Thomas Franck, Nation against Nation, What Happened to the UN Dream and What the US Can Do About It, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1985

    • -  Αντ. Μπρεδήμας, Ο Οργανισμός Ηνωμένων Εθνών, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 1989

    • -  Στέλιος Περράκης (επιμ.), 60 Χρόνια Ηνωμένα Έθνη, Προκλήσεις και Προοπτικές, Αθήνα,

      Ελληνική Εταιρία Διεθνούς Δικαίου και Διεθνών Σχέσεων, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 2006

    • -  W. Michael Reisman, “The Constitutional Crisis in the United Nations”, 87 A.J.I.L. 83, 1993

    • -  Bruno Simma, Herman Mosler, Albrecht Randelzhofer, Christian Tomuschat, Ruediger Wolfrum (eds.), The Charter of the United Nations, A Commentary, Oxford, Oxford University Press, two Volumes, 2002 (2nd edition)
      - Anne-Marie Slaughter, “A New U.N. for a New Century”, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 2961, 2005-2006

    General Assembly

    - Richard Falk, The Status of Law in International Society, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1970

    Security Council

    • -  Elias Davidson, “The U.N. Security Council’s Obligations of Good Faith”, 15 Fla. J. Int’l L. 541, 2002-2003

    • -  Vera Gowlland-Debbas, “The Functions of the United Nations Security Council in the International Legal System”, στο Michael Byers (ed.), The Role of Law in International Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000, στησελ. 277

    • -  Thomas Franck, “Collective Security and UN Reform: Between the Necessary and the Possible”, 6 Chi. J. int’l L. 597, 2006

    • -  David Malone, “The Security Council in the Post-Cold War Era: A Study in the Creative Interpretation of the U.N. Charter”, 35 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 487, 2002-2003

    • -  Georg Nolte, “The Limits of the Security Council’s Powers and its Functions in the International Legal System: Some Reflections”, στο Michael Byers (ed.), The Role of Law in International Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000, στιςσελ. 315

    • -  Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, “The Role of the United Nations Security Council in the International Legal System”, στο Michael Byers (ed.), The Role of Law in International Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000, στησελ. 269

    • -  Danesh Sarooshi, The United Nations and the Development of Collective Security: The Delegation by the UN Security Council of its Chapter VII Powers, Oxford, Oxford University

      Press, 1999

      • -  David Schweigman, The Authority of the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN

        Charter, The Hague, Kluwer Law International, 2001

      • -  Λίνος Αλέξανδρος Σισιλιάνος, Η Εξουσιοδότηση του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας του ΟΗΕ για

        χρήση Βίας, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 2003

      International Court

      • -  Χαριτίνη Δίπλα, Το Διεθνές Δικαστήριο των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, τόμος Α’, Η Θέση του στο Διεθνές Δικαιοδοτικό Στερέωμα και η Συμβολή του στο Δίκαιο της Θάλασσας, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 2004

      • -  Χαριτίνη Δίπλα, Εμμανουέλα Δούση, Το Διεθνές Δικαστήριο των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, τόμος Β’, Σύνοψη Νομολογίας, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας, 2001

      Council of Europe


      • -  Heinrich Klebes, “Membership in International Organizations and national Constitutional Law: A case Study of the Law and Practice of the Council of Europe”, St. Louis-Warsaw Transatlantic L. J. 69, 1999

      • -  Halvor Lervik, “The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”, 3 Eur. J. Migration & L. 411, 2001

      • -  Walter Schwimmer, “The Effects of Globalization on Law: the Impact on the Council of Europe”, 2 Int’l L. F. D. Int’l227, 2000

      Human Rights

      - Steven Greer,The European Convention on Human Rights, Achievements, Problems and Prospects, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2006)
      - J. G. Merrils & A. H. Robertson, Human Rights in Europe, A Study of the European Convention on Human Rights, Manchester, Manchester University Press (2001, 4th edition)

      - Clare Ovey & Robin White, Jacobs & White, European Convention on Human Rights, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2002)
      - Phillip Leach, Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights, London, Blackstone (2001) - George Letsas, A Theory of Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2008)

      - Γιάννης Κτιστάκις, Η Ευρωπαϊκή σύμβαση των δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου, Με Αφορμή τα 50 χρόνια του Ευρωπαϊκού Δικαστηρίου των Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου (1959-2009), Αθήνα, Παπαζήσης (2009)
      - Στέφανος Ματθίας, Γιάννης Κτιστάκις, Λουκία Σταυρίτη, Καλλιόπη Στεφανάκη (επιμ.),Η Προστασία των Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου, Με Βάση τη Νομολογία του Δικαστηρίου του Στρασβούργου, Αθήνα, έκδ. Δικηγορικού Συλλόγου Αθηνών (2006)

      - Γιώργος Πινακίδης, Η Ρήτρα της «Δημοκρατικής Κοινωνίας» στην Ευρωπαϊκή Σύμβαση Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου, Αθήνα, Αντ. Σάκκουλας (2007)
      - Χρήστος Ροζάκης, «Η Ευρωπαϊκή Κοινωνία Δικαίου, Ο Ρόλος της Ευρωπαϊκής Σύμβασης των Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου και των Οργάνων της», στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών, Όλοι Μαζί από το 1957, Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση 50 Χρόνια Μετά τη Συνθήκη της Ρώμης, Αθήνα, Παπαζήσης (2007) Χρήστος Ροζάκης, “Ορισμένες Σκέψεις για το νέο Δικαστήριο Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου”, Το Σύνταγμα 2002


      • -  Klinton Alexander, “NATO’s Intervention in Kosovo: The Legal Case for Violating Yugoslavia’s National Sovereignty in the Absence of Security Council Approval”, 22 Hous. J. Int’l L. 403, 1999-2000

      • -  Ove Bring, “After Kosovo: NATO Should Reformulate a Doctrine on Humanitarian Intervention”, 10 US A.F. Acad. J. Legal Stud. 61, 1999-2000

        - Brian Collins, “Operation Enduring Freedom and the Future of NATO”, 3 Geo. J. Int’l Aff. 51, 2002
        - J. D. Godwin, “NATO’s Role in peace Operations: Re-examining the Treaty after Bosnia and Kosovo”, 160 Mich. L. Rev. 1, 1999

        - Robert Hunter, “Forward-Looking Partnership – NATO and the Future of Alliances”, 83 Foreign Aff. 190, 1999
        - Dino Kritsiotis, “The Kosovo Crisis and NATO’s Application of Armed Forces against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia”, 49 Int’l & Comp. L. Q. 330, 2000

        - Alphonse La Porta, “Rationalization of NATO Forces in the Balkans”, 27 Fletcher F. World Aff. 271, 2002
        - Aaron Lindstrom, “Consensus Decision-Making in NATO: French Unilateralism and the Decision to Defend Turkey”, 4Chi. J. Int’l L. 579, 2003

        - Michael Matheson, “Justification for the NATO Air Campaign in Kosovo”, 94 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 301, 2000
        - Judith Miller, “NATO’s Use of Force in the Balkans”, 45 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 91, 2001-2002
        - Jeffrey Morton, “The Legality of NATO’s Intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999: Implications for the Progressive Development of International Law”, 9 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 75, 2002-2003

        - Mary Ellen O’Connell, “The UN, NATO and International Law after Kosovo”, 22 Hum. Rts Q. 57, 2000
        - Amos Perlmutter, “Political Alternatives to NATO Expansion”, 15 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L. J. 47, 2001

        - Andrei Zagorski, “The OSCE in the Context of the Forthcoming EU and NATO Extensions”, 13 Helsinki Monitor221, 2002

Teaching Methods:

The course is delivered in a hybrid lecture-laboratory form. It is largely based on discussion with students and their comments. Supervisory tools, slides and laboratory exercises are used. Material that covers the whole curriculum is provided. The provision of the material is done through e- class platform.

New Technologies:

Use of ICT in teaching

Evaluation Methods:

The assessment is carried out through an intermediate examination or work (corresponding to 40% of the total grade) and a final examination (representing 60% of the total grade).

In order to score the papers, they should include the following statement: "this work has been done by myself, and it does not involve copying or plagiarism."

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