Spring 2018 Course Schedule

International Law (LAW-660-001)
Diane Orentlicher

Meets: 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM (MoWe) - Warren - Room N101

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 40

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Assessment: In-class, limited open book exam with essay questions, which counts for 70% of the grade. 30% of the grade is based on class participation, which includes at least one role-playing exercise during the semester.


This course provides an introduction to and overview of the international legal system and processes. We will explore the fundamental elements of international law: the sources (e.g., treaties, customary international law) and subjects of international law (states, international organizations, individuals), as well as the processes by which international law is implemented and enforced. We will explore enforcement and implementation of international law through a close examination of (1) the interaction between international and domestic law, with a particular focus on how international law interacts with U.S. law, as well as (2) enforcement through international processes such as international courts and arbitration. While the focus of the class is on core elements of the international legal system, we will touch on specific substantive areas of international law, such as human rights, international criminal law and the law concerning the use of armed force.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

: The assigned casebook for this course is International Law (Barry E. Carter and Allen S. Weiner eds., 2011), ISBN 978-0-7355-9810-2. You should also purchase the document supplement to this text, International Law: Selected Documents (Barry E. Carter, ed., 2013-2015), ISBN 978-1-4548-2796-2, unless you prefer to undertake your own search for documents assigned from the Supplement. (Note, however, that students will be allowed to bring the documentary supplement with them to the final exam.) Both the casebook and supplement are published by Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer. The publisher has made available to students at WCL a discount bundle price for the casebook and documentary supplement, with the latter priced at $15 when purchased along with the former.

First Class Readings

Read CB, pp. 1-3 (through Restatement Section 102); Skim pp. 5 (beginning with Section B.1)-p. 10, ending before Shaw excerpt; excerpts, Antony Anghie, Finding the Peripheries: Sovereignty and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century International Law, 40 HARV. INT’L L.J. 1 (1999), posted on MyWCL.


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