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Transnational Crime & the State (LAW-795TC-001)
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This course explores the proliferation of transnational crime in the wake of globalization and its effect on the integrity of the state and by extension the international system. The course consists of four blocks. The first block, Weeks 1 through 5, focuses on the context of the current international system and the tools the state employs to combat transnational crime. The second block, Weeks 6 through 8, focuses on transnational crime and the role of the military in criminal law enforcement. Weeks 9 through 12 complete the foundation of the course, centering discussion on states and other international actors. The course closes in Weeks 13 and 14. They provide the student with an opportunity to apply the key concepts in two practical exercises. The first is an in-class exercise where students will advocate a state’s interests as they arise in a transnational criminal scenario. The second is a discussion about the strategy a state might employ individually and with other actors to combat transnational crime.
While there is ample material to support this seminar, readings are divided into core material and focused selections, when appropriate. All students are expected to read core material carefully and focused selections enable students to select among themselves which topics they prefer to explore and lead for discussion. Student interaction is a critical facet of this seminar and students are expected to work with each other throughout the semester. To facilitate interaction, the class is blog-based. Material is accessible electronically. On occasion, handouts may be provided.
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First Class Readings
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