The EU and International Organisations I

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: P

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  • Introduction to international organisations, their scope and the differences between various forms of international entities and cooperation in terms of content as well as structure.
  • Understanding the basic terms and principles of EU law.
  • Acquiring knowledge about the principal institutions.
  • Acquiring terminology relevant to international organisations and basic legal concepts.
  • Learning about the role of interpreting within the framework of international organisations.
  • Understanding the organisation of international conferences and the role of the interpreter in the process of international discourse.
  • Understanding the meaning and means of preparation for interpreting work.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Understanding the workings of international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) is rooted in the beginnings of the historical development of international entities around the world. The cours gives a schematic  overview of the functioning of principal international organisations: the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe. In addition, international cooperation at the regional level is also taken into consideration. Apart from the basic information about these organisations, their functioning and main activities (different authorities, agencies, additional entities) are also presented. Emphasis is given to the content, scope, purpose and status of each organisation, enabling insight into the fundamental texts, documents and activities pertaining to international cooperation. A structured approach to presenting international organisations introduces the student to institution-specific terminology at the intersection of political, legislative, diplomatic and social dimensions of international unification (human rights, protection of minorities etc.).

Knowledge is put into practice by organising thematic mock conferences. Attention is also given to sources of information relevant for further study.


  • Craig, de Burca., EU Law, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2000
  • Emmert, Europarecht. Beck'sche, 1999
  • Ilešič, Grilc in ostali, pravo evropske skupnosti, maribor 1998
  • Lasok, Law and Institutions of the EC, Butterworths, 1997
  • Mathijsen, A Guide to EC Law. Sweet and Maxwell, 1999
  • Oppermann, Europarecht, Beck' sche, 1998
  • Weatherill, EU law, Penguin, 2000


Enrolment in the second year of Interpreting (MA).


Written exam.