Fall 2017 Course Schedule

International Organizations & Multilateral Institutions (LAW-662-001)
Diane Orentlicher

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM (W) - Yuma - Room Y115

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. Students have the option to write a paper to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement in lieu of exam.


This course examines the law and selected policy issues relating to international organizations (“IOs”), focusing almost exclusively on the United Nations. The first third of the semester focuses on privileges and immunities associated with IOs as well as individuals associated with them, such as representatives of UN Member States and officials of the UN. The second segment of the course explores issues relating to (1) membership (admission to membership, rights and responsibilities of Member States, suspension of membership, and expulsion) and (2) representation (for example, when two parties claim the right to represent a UN Member State, how does the Organization resolve the competing claims?). During this segment, we will also examine legal and other implications of the General Assembly’s November 2012 decision to grant the Palestinian Authority non-Member State status. The third segment of the course examines the role of the United Nations in generating international law, and the respective roles of the UN General Assembly, Security Council, and International Court of Justice in interpreting the UN Charter and addressing disputes that threaten international peace. The final segment explores the powers of the UN Security Council in addressing threats to and breaches of international peace and security and, more generally, UN Charter law concerning the use of force by States.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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