International Law (LAW-660-002)
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This survey course is designed to provide an introduction to the international legal system and processes. We will explore the basics of public international law through an examination of its fundamental elements. We will look at what makes up international law – the subjects of such law and the sources of its rules – and how international law is implemented (or not) at the domestic level. We will also examine how states and international organizations craft and use international law to deal with specific issues, such as international human rights, international environmental issues, trade and investment, and the use of force. We will also consider some theoretical perspectives on international law. The reading materials for this course will be derived from a problem-based textbook that seeks to place international legal issues in political context. The readings will therefore derive from a broad range of sources, including legal instruments,political documents, and international relations theory. Grading for this course will be based on a final examination, short reflection papers, and class participation.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Steven R. Ratner, and David Wippman, eds., INTERNATIONAL LAW: NORMS, ACTORS, PROCESS (Aspen Publishers, 4th. ed. 2015) [hereinafter DRW].
First Class Readings
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